Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Back to the Easel

Time to get back to my faces after a few weeks outside painting plein air. Who can resist in the summer?  I'm sure I'll be lured outside again!

This girl's face is mostly in shadow with just a bit of light on her face.  I liked her dark features and warm skin tones.  I experimented with toning the canvas in green, a nice complement to her skin tones and red veil.  However as a background, it does need to be toned down a bit and finished sometime.

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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.