Here's a work in progress:
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
A commissioned portrait! Contact me soon to get it done in time for the holidays. Meghank at gmail.com.
Friday, November 22, 2013
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
I took photos of this painting as I painted it today.
First I did a general drawing and blocked in what I saw as the darkest areas.
Below I worked on the eyes, because I really can't see what I'm doing unless I can see what the eyes look like.
Trying to move things along, I added in some black (I make my own black).
Here I made a few corrections.
I started blocking in her clothing.
Towards the end of a painting, I enjoy leaning back in an armchair and bringing the painting right up close to my face, so that is what I am doing in the following photos.
Let me know in the comments if you have any questions.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Monday, November 11, 2013
Friday, November 8, 2013
There is something about portraits that taps into our most ancient instincts. We evolved to recognize human faces: it was a basic survival skill. So when we see a painting that can create that same spurt of recognition as the face itself, it amazes us. It's something that can't be suppressed, the same instinct that makes us abhor spiders or snakes and take notice of bright colors.
That's one of the reasons I've always loved making portraits: I love to see the instinctual response of the people who see the portrait. I also get a kick out of taking photos of my portraits and having the camera box in the face, because it recognizes it as a face. I love portraiture it because I enjoy expending all my energies on creating something that is true to life, and portraiture is a genre that rewards that effort.
Above is a portrait I did yesterday.