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05-11-2017, 11:53 AM
I'll be showing this new 12x16 Pastel portrait of Lincoln at an upcoming Art Fair in Springfield IL May 20. It is one of the first poses I did of him some years ago, and my approach to color, value, application, and results have changed quite a bit.


Donna T
05-11-2017, 12:19 PM
Abe, you look amazing! I'm sure you will be admired by all at the art fair.

Ken, I'm curious as to what has changed with your approach. Are you starting your paintings differently? I like the warm flesh tones you used as part of the background here but maybe you've always done that?

05-11-2017, 12:32 PM
Superb work as always..... that subtle violet in the background is amazing.

water girl
05-11-2017, 01:00 PM
I remember this. I'm going with Donna's question...what has changed and why???

Charles Perera
05-11-2017, 06:05 PM
He is alive !


05-11-2017, 11:31 PM
Hi Donna- Thanks so much! It's good to be back in the Studio working again, and posting about the journey.

This portrait is a shift for me in several areas: 1. the value range- it's a lower range (less light values) 2. in color- more muted tones (less intense color) and 3. application is more gradual, with more work to smooth textures where desired.

The result, I think, has a realistic, subtle, and historical look that I like a lot, but am still doing those things that are authentic to my art. I'll be doing a larger 18x24 soon.

Here is the first portrait I did of him, some 10 years ago in the same pose:


05-11-2017, 11:33 PM
Thank you, Stapeliad! I appreciate your kind words- I like those background things too.....

05-11-2017, 11:35 PM
Hi Karen- Check out my thoughts about the changes- I also posted the very first Lincoln I did. What do you think?

05-11-2017, 11:37 PM
Thank you Charles! These days, I wish he was-

Donna T
05-12-2017, 08:17 AM
Ken, thanks for the explanation. I'm always interested in an artist's journey, not just his finished products. I sense two very different moods in your Lincoln portraits and it's amazing that colors and values have that power!

05-12-2017, 10:28 AM
You are most welcome Donna. The statement has much less 'volume' and I hope more truth and strength for that choice. What do you think?

05-13-2017, 09:38 AM
WOW:clap: so you're not just brilliant with landscapes!:wave:

05-13-2017, 01:12 PM
Thank you Leslie! I do like many different subjects, and I appreciate your kind words about the work. Variety keeps it interesting-

Moises Menendez
05-15-2017, 12:36 PM
I like your portraits of Mr Lincoln especially this one due to the color arrangement, and contrast. I learned recently he suffered of Marfan syndrome and MEN2B. Nevertheless, great work using pastel.

05-18-2017, 08:18 AM
Thank you Moises! The intent was to use color/values to produce a statement of a lower key but still fully developed- its a favorite now, feeling authentic to me. Yes- the experts say he was physically affected-