Thursday, April 19, 2012

Oil Portrait - Unhappy Man

This face gave me an opportunity to try a different expression.  The reference photo was found in a magazine, photographer unknown.

Paintings I create from published photos are for practice only and not for sale or entry in art competitions.  When I know the name of the photographer, I am happy to cite it here. Painted 2/28/12 in about 5 hours.

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100 Faces - Introduction

After painting many portraits, I've found I can achieve the likeness, attitude and personality of my subjects, given enough time. Now I want to be able to create them faster!
My art goal for 2012 is to paint one hundred faces - small, quick practice studies, either from photos or from life, in whatever amount of time I have. If I only have an hour on a particular day, the idea is to complete the portrait in an hour. No time for fussing over details. I want to use larger brushes and more paint. Rough studies can have their own charm. Since it's just practice, I may throw them away, paint over them, or go back later to finish them further.

Click on the pictures below to enlarge and see the brushwork.