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03-08-2005, 05:14 AM
Well should be starting this soon ....just finding it difficult to find a reference photo that really suits my dearest Dad....so these are what I've come up with...


I really like the first one as that was one of the later photos of Dad....my Mum would like to see him in a dinner suit so I could probably incorporate the fist and the third

03-08-2005, 05:23 AM
Hi Kim, I think the top photo is very sensitive. You could make a lot of it.


03-08-2005, 08:01 AM
Hi Kim...Handsome man! You really look like your Dad :)!
I like all of them actually. The first one is my favourite and the second is also great! Anxious to follow your wip and where you take this super project of your papa....He must be so proud of you and smiling down from heaven! :clap:

03-08-2005, 04:23 PM
Wow - I see the family resemblance in your son. Both nice looking men :angel:

03-08-2005, 05:10 PM
Hi Mikey...Lisa...Kathleen...thanks for dropping by.....am about to start the drawing on canvas now!!!

03-08-2005, 08:16 PM
What a beautiful and emotional project this will be. I also prefer the first one. He has this sensitive and generous look about him. I am sure He will be with you all the way.

Linda :wave:

03-08-2005, 08:19 PM
Graphite on canvas....dimensions 16" x 20" a bit larger than life...

I think the left eye might be out a bit..

03-09-2005, 02:25 AM
Hey Kim. So far Super! No the left eye is not out. Hair looks really good. I really love what I am seeing so far!
Only thing, and I can be off because it is only a digital photo and it could be compressed, I think your father has a little somewhat of a longer face than what I am seeing on the screen.

03-09-2005, 03:48 AM
Hi Linda...thank you ...your right ...my Dad used to paint so I'm sure he'll be helping me along with this portrait!.. :angel:
Hi Lisa...my Mum said the same when she looked at the drawing on the web...will have a close look at that tomorrow...I don't think I've got the shadow quite right under Dad's chin ...actually maybe it's because I haven't defined the shadow enough...thanks so much for the tips Lisa!!! :angel:
cheers Kim

03-09-2005, 07:16 AM
Hi Kim, you Dad has all the appearance of a man from an English county town. In fact I feel so much empathy with him I'd almost like to put my own brushes down on the canvas. But I'm sure you will do the best job of this person you know so well.


03-09-2005, 06:59 PM
Hi Mikey...thank you so much for the beautiful ..and touching words....my Dad's Parents were English so ...you you have picked that up ...very sensitive of you!!!
ps I didn't realize how emotional it would be ...painting this portrait of my Dad...and I'm extremely touched by everyones comments...and my Mum is too (she is following this WIP)..thank you

03-16-2005, 03:47 AM
Next 2 stages....viridian green wash and....started with lights and one eye started...have used...zinc white, naples yellow, yellow ochre, burnt umber and a touch lamp black with wax medium
cheers kim

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Mar-2005/54304-DAD_GREEN.JPG http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Mar-2005/54304-DAD_GREEN_EYE.JPGhttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Mar-2005/54304-DAD_GREEN_CROP.JPG

03-16-2005, 04:13 AM
Kim, I'm interested to watch and see your process here.


03-16-2005, 05:07 AM
One can always learn from your WIPS.
Nice gentleman and you certainly look like him.

Thanks for sharing ! :wave:

03-16-2005, 06:49 AM
Hi Mikey...Gilberte... :wave: thanks for dropping by...
A little bit more.....finished for tonight...about 4 hours work..
cheers kim


03-16-2005, 02:09 PM
I guess I'm repeating myself ... sigh ... but ............such a lot to look at, the planes in the facial features, the way you "build-up" a painting ... very interesting ...

03-16-2005, 03:18 PM
Hi Gilberte....I'm repeating myself too. :eek: Am posting the photo next to the work as I think it's important for me to make sure that every detail is right I'm also using a black and white version of this photo as reference too.
cheers kim

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Mar-2005/54304-DAD_CROP.JPG http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Mar-2005/54304-dad_next.JPG

03-16-2005, 03:37 PM
Looking so good..... what are you planning for the background?

03-16-2005, 11:27 PM
Thanks Kathleen....have no idea at the moment....have thought of dark ...but then I like the bricks in the photo...I suppose it depends whether I paint Dad in a dinner suit or whether I make it informal... :confused:
cheers kim

03-17-2005, 01:11 AM
:) I have just spoken to my Mum....and she would really like to see Dad in a dinner suit....and he did look handsome in a dinner suit so I will be going with a formal portrait with black background... this painting is for my Mum....and I might paint another informal one as well....(for myself) our family has so many different happy memories of him... :) :) my brother likes the painting at this stage...so who knows how many paintings I will paint... :angel:
cheers kim

03-17-2005, 03:56 AM
Hi Kim
Hardly ever come over at the WIP section....(just forget)..........although..maybe I should
This is interesting to follow and seeing someone's method.
Must be an emotional journey.......

Is there a special reason why you put the turkoois wash as an underground?
What is your decision making reason behind this ??

Is this acrylics??

03-17-2005, 04:34 AM
Hi Coroline... :wave: good to see you over here....
Initially this was pretty emotional ...however I feel that the time is right...and sometimes I think Dad is looking over my shoulder...while I'm painting... :angel:
I used a lean medium and viridian green oil wash for a few reasons...gives a middle value for me to work from...the green seems to make the skin colour more alive for me...and it fills in the grain of the canvas.
This is oil....(using a wax medium as well) but it does look a little like watercolour...I think because I'm aiming for a fairly realistic interpretation...I think my Dad would like this style...he liked using watercolours himself..so maybe it's a subconscious thing.
I have a bad habit sometimes of overworking a painting especially when it comes to texture.
cheers kim
ps my Mum came up with the title today..."MR WONDERFUL"

Anita Murphy
03-17-2005, 08:40 AM
I've been watching this develop with interest as I have it in mind to try a portrait one of these days.
I love the eyes!
Can you keep us updated on any other colours you add to your palette?

03-17-2005, 06:49 PM
Hi Present....Yes I'm happy with the eyes......Will be trying to keep this to a limited palette....so probably will stay with original colours...

Working on the chin now...bit dark at the moment...so might get on with Dad's forehead today...
cheers kim

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Mar-2005/54304-DAD_18_FULL.JPG http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Mar-2005/54304-DAD_18th.JPG

03-17-2005, 08:56 PM
Couple of hours later..


03-18-2005, 12:20 AM
Kim thanks for letting me know about your thread. yes it is good to see the WIP of portrait artists to learn from. I like your style too. Going to watch close.

Thanks for the words on my WIP.

03-18-2005, 03:22 AM
Hi Rose...thanks for dropping in....here is the next stage...roughed in the bow tie and hair
cheers kim


03-18-2005, 03:49 AM
AN incredible journey Kim. I am watching with great interest.

03-18-2005, 05:55 AM
KIm, it's very interesting to see your results with the Viridian ground. I ussually use red Oxide for warmth. But you ceratinly are getting the warmth of your dad's personality .


03-18-2005, 05:56 AM
Thankyou for dropping by Phantom Art....I'm very happy with the progress so far....painted a bit more and blocked in the shirt and bow tie..
cheers kim


03-18-2005, 06:13 AM
I really love to watch your work develop. Looks great so far. :clap:

Thanks for letting us look over your shoulder.

03-18-2005, 06:28 AM
Hi Mikey and Maryann ....good evening...
Mikey I must have x posted with you....the viridian hue does work for this style of painting...used it with my girl with the pearl that my Mum has....I am really enjoying painting Dad
Maryann...nice to meet you...and thankyou ...I think my Dad is watching over my shoulder too... :angel:
cheers kim

03-18-2005, 06:39 AM
Hey Kim!!! Just popped by to say this is looking super duper fabulous.
I love your wips and I learn soooooooo much from you my dear Kim.
I am going skiing again today for 1 week. So when I get back, I imagine it will be finished. Will catch-up with you later.. Have a great easter and see you soon! :wave:

03-18-2005, 06:44 AM
Hi LISA....I must have just missed you....I do hope to have Dad's Portrait finished for Mum for Easter...(fingers crossed)....you have a great holiday :envy: :cat:
cheers kim...and don't break your leg... :eek:

03-19-2005, 12:12 AM
Blocked in background and suit....am going to work on forehead and hair tonight....used Paynes grey for suit and burnt umber for background...


03-19-2005, 12:39 AM
Your Father is looking very formal now. This painting is very good.
Do you paint commissions (portraits)
I am asking because I have a daughter, called Kim and I would like to have a portrait of her for her 21 birthday in September?

03-19-2005, 12:57 AM
Hi Kim,

It really looks superb.

Just went through all the thread now and one thing I notice about the drawing is that you mark all shadow areas. That should really make a lot of easier when painting. Wrote that down so I can do that on my next portrait.

Another thing is the viridian wash you gave. Do we need to do it to bring warmth to the painting? Can be any color?

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful you always do so good. I agree with you that bring the heart to a painting really does art. :clap: :clap:

Still hear watching closely. Thanks for coming and check on my daughter's portrait. You looking at my WIP encorages me a lot.


03-19-2005, 03:51 AM
Hi Phantom Art...yes I do commissions occasionally....I have PM'd my details to you...glad you like my portrait..Dad does look rather formal now.. :)

Hi Rose...thankyou for your lovely comments and to answer your questions...

In my initial study for a painting I draw in as much detail as I can in fact some of my portraits are drawn in black permanent marker..simply because I like the effect.This one is graphite with fixative on top.
Before I start painting I also spray the drawing with several coats of fixative..so that the original drawing does not smudge..
Then I paint over the drawing with a medium value wash-oil and turps or lean medium with a wide brush..this helps me to keep track of the values at each end of the spectrum...I usually use green as it does work for me in getting a skin colour that I like however my Dad's skin was very olive as well
I leave that to dry thoroughly ..usually a week if I'm not in a rush
In this portrait I have kept the paint fairly thin mixed with wax medium..this gives a subtle gloss to the painting
I have built this painting up in planes to emphasise the features in Dad's face..am going for a slightly rugged . craggy look
I have used two brushes...a very small chiselled brush and a small flat square brush...
I tend to draw rather than paint a painting as I feel happy with this style..
I hope this is not too much information for you...
I know a lot I learnt at art school...but I learnt a lot through trial and error as well and I always remember that if it isn't right I can always scrape it off and start again
cheers kim

here I have painted in the hair looking at Dad's photo upside down so I don't get too detailed and it makes me look at the lightand dark shapes more clearly
will start fine tuning tomorrow

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Mar-2005/54304-DAD_19.JPG http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Mar-2005/54304-DAD_UPSIDE_DOWN_19.JPG

03-19-2005, 07:41 AM
Am posting the painting next to the photo again to see if I have missed anything

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Mar-2005/54304-DAD_19.JPG http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Mar-2005/54304-DAD_CROP.JPG

03-19-2005, 07:58 AM
Hi Kim,

That inner determination to win through is showing wonderfully in this portrait.


03-19-2005, 01:20 PM
Great Kim, just great ...
(thanks for your feedback ...) :clap:

03-19-2005, 01:31 PM
Oh this is wonderful Gilbert! Its my first time in WIP and I am tired and swamped this morning so I just had time to run through it - your father's face is a lovely face and the painting will be great. Thanks so much for putting the stages in. I shall return. What a difference in the way we paint! :wave:

Anita Murphy
03-19-2005, 04:14 PM
Its looking really great. You have captured his likeness completely. Well done.

03-19-2005, 08:36 PM
Thankyou for your wonderful words Mikey... :angel:
Gilberte....merci beau coup....have you found another fence?? :D
Hi Betty.. :wave: thanks for your comments...isn't it nice that everyone sees things differently!!
Hi KA....THANKYOU...funny I remember Dad's face as if it were only yesterday
cheers kim

03-20-2005, 11:36 PM
The introduction of the grey hair has given your Father a very distinguished look.

03-21-2005, 03:19 AM
Thankyou....Phantom.... :) :) :)
I think I'm nearly finished!!! :D :D :D
cheers kim


03-21-2005, 08:04 AM
When you look at this portrait and you move your head slightly to the left it even looks better (if this is possible ...).
It's superfantabulous ...

03-21-2005, 08:53 AM
Kim, I think this what a portrait should be, with the likeness, but more importantly the essence of your Dad. Something very special for your Mum.


Anita Murphy
03-21-2005, 10:37 AM
This is wonderful - and I echo Mikey's comments. You have definitely captured something a little more than just a face. I think that this is so rarely done and seems to be mostly when the artist knows the subject well.
Fabulous picture.
KA :clap:

03-21-2005, 06:12 PM
Hi Guys...
thankyou Gilberte....I still have some work on the hair and the lighting...and have adjusted the camera so I didn't have to use a flash....
Mikey....thanks....my Mum has printed the latest photo up (from WIP) and said she would frame the photo....but I said.....wait till Good Friday...when you see the real portrait....though I'm going to miss it.... :crying:
Thankyou KA...My Dad was with us for 70 wonderful years.....and when I look at his portrait...it's almost like having him here with us......this portrait reveals the best in him and the best that I can be as a painter....

03-21-2005, 07:20 PM

Your dad is looking really alive on that portrait. It is just lovely to look at it. I am sure your mother going to spend hours staring at it. Really nice done!!

Congratulations!! :wave: :wave:

03-22-2005, 02:47 AM
Thank you Rose.....I am probably going to work some more tonight.....my Mum (and friends) came today to have a real look and she's pretty pleased...... :D :crying: :D ........ my Mum's a very good judge of my work (Mum and Dad were both friends of Sir William Dobell - Australia's greatest Portrait painter) - I'm sure both he and my Dad are painting their hearts out...... in heaven... :) :angel:
cheers kim

03-22-2005, 09:30 AM
What a wonderful tribute to your Dad and what a gift for your Mom. You have captured the essence of him in this portrait not just his face... :clap:


03-22-2005, 07:35 PM
Thank you...Bren..... :) :) :)
cheers kim

A Few Pigments
03-22-2005, 07:54 PM
laketrees, if I knew anything about art I'd say this is really great, but I don't so I'll just say this is really great.

03-23-2005, 03:55 AM
Thanks Bruce... :)

Here is the finished portrait....will post in OC......
cheers kim