Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Half-Hour Portrait

It’s taken me far too long to put this beautiful woman’s portrait up. I posted her adorable kids a while ago!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Half-Hour Portrait

I’ve been having some issues lately when exporting photos; my computer has all of a sudden decided that if I want to export a cropped photo, it doesn’t need to bother making it high quality. I think I’ve figured out a way to fool it, though. Not exactly a scientific process here, but if it works, it works.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Half-Hour Portrait

I've run out of Phebe questions! I guess I have to come up with something to say on my own. So--one thing I've been noticing lately, in movies and TV shows, is how they light their scenes. Often, faces are lit exactly as I like to light them when I paint--with one half of the face in shadow, and one in light. It's such a nice, stark contrast. I don't always have complete control over the lighting, as was the case with this portrait, but I'm still happy with how this little beauty turned out.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Portrait Commission

Phebe’s Fabulous Question for today: After you paint someone do you feel like you know them? If you didn't know them before?

This topic has actually been on my mind recently. Yes, I do, though when I paint someone in person, there are all kinds of little interactions that aren’t really about painting. For example, last week I painted two sweet kids, a brother and sister, who were precocious, and kind to each other, and funny, yet took holding still for a portrait seriously. The little boy, even at a young age, was so self-aware—he knew he needed to move around a lot before sitting for his portrait. And he thought he might have a hard time meeting my gaze as I studied his face, but he was fine. (I’ll post those soon.) So there are all kinds of things that allow me to get to know someone a little bit, even without studying their face hard for an intense half hour. But when I paint someone from a photo? I do feel like I begin to know them, just the tiniest bit. Which made painting this beautiful young man, who passed away a few years ago, a little bit of an emotional experience, as I’ll never have the chance to meet him. But I just know that he was sweet, and I suspect gentle, and definitely cool.