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07-01-2007, 06:32 AM
The Portrait Gallery, July, 2007

What's on your easel this month? Show a finished portrait or one in any stage of progress. This thread is for showcasing your work; others will only critique your work if you request it .

Here is a link in case you need help attaching your art work:

So please show us what you've been up to this month. We'd love to see

Even if you have already shown it in the main portraiture forum, you are invited to showcase it in this thread too.

Val. :wave:

07-02-2007, 04:56 PM
Vacation's over so it's time to get back to work. Here's what on the table at the moment:


10" x 16", Prismacolor pencils on black Artagain bristol

Still in the early stages...

...and a closeup:


Let me rephrase, still in the very early stages. :D

~ Rob

07-03-2007, 05:07 AM
These are 2 new portraits from live models.
Critques are welcome.

07-03-2007, 01:43 PM

This painting is cropped from a larger canvas. Originally 16" x 20" this version is roughly 6" x 12" oil on canvas. If you are interested in seeing the full version, let me know.

It appears that this beauty has serious things on her mind. Listening to her companion relate a certain series of events, you can sense the formation of an opinion. She knows her own mind... an open mind, one determined(guided) by principles long laid down.

Anda G
07-06-2007, 12:39 AM
Hi, everybody. I have been busy lately and have missed this thread. Gorgeous work, as always. Gordon, I would love to see the entire picture. What you have shown is lovely. I like how you painted her face.

Rob, you are as inspiring as ever.

Quwatha, I like your work. I especially like the lady. I like how you have added shine to the hair. Pretty. Are these done in acrylic?

I want to post what I am working on, but I think I need to improve on it first. :D

Hi, Val! :wave:


07-06-2007, 01:38 PM
This is my favorite spot in this forum. I love seeing everyones work. They are all wonderful.

Gordon: Love the green!! I think I will use that in my next one.
Qwatha: They are great. I need to do more with live models.
Rob: looking forward to seeing the finished product.

Here is the portrait that I just finsihed just yesterday. Hopefully I will have another to post by the end of the month. :)

Valerie 11x14 watercolor on 300lb rough press paper:

07-08-2007, 05:05 PM
this is my boss and my niece - pastels

07-08-2007, 08:32 PM
this is my boss and my niece - pastels
atont: These are excellent. You are ready for the next step-- leave a bit more room around the head-use larger paper and do some head and shoulder plus chest portraits. I just love these - but they see a bit confined because the head is so crowded. :) Nora

07-08-2007, 08:34 PM


07-09-2007, 10:04 AM
Hi everyone,

I finally finished the portrait of my mom that I've been working on.

22 inches x 28 inches, oil on canvas:


Thanks for looking!


07-09-2007, 03:41 PM
30*40 cm, acrylics on canvas. Commission.
Really was afraid of doing something colored in acrylics again, since it is such a pain to keep the paints wet while painting.
Solved it by using an oilcolor technique: did a grisaille underpainting and only glazed in the colors. Seems it worked...


07-11-2007, 12:11 AM
My wife, in oil

07-11-2007, 04:39 AM
Thanks to you for the opportunity to show what's on my easel. This is my first show of the portrait so far. It's a commisssion and is about 80% finished.
oil on canvas 102x75cm (30x40inches)

07-12-2007, 04:49 AM
This is on my easel today. WIP of my daughter. Acrylic on Arches watercolorpaper 5Ox42 cm. C&C always welcome

07-12-2007, 09:12 AM
This is on my easel today. WIP of my daughter. Acrylic on Arches watercolorpaper 5Ox42 cm. C&C always welcome

Nice verticals- very good composition. Like it a lot as it is with minimal detail.

mark malone
07-12-2007, 12:55 PM
This is currently on my easel...Acrylics on Canvas:


Close Up:


Jeff & Jan...amazing work...loving your style with those 2 pieces!!

07-12-2007, 01:26 PM
This is currently on my easel...Acrylics on Canvas:

Jeff & Jan...amazing work...loving your style with those 2 pieces!!
Mark, I thought you worked only digital...this strong work man!
Dollardays: thank you!

mark malone
07-12-2007, 02:56 PM
Mark, I thought you worked only digital...this strong work man!

Jan I try out all kinds of things..Digital, Oils, Acrylics, Watercolours (nothing to your standard), collage, inks...whatever I feel like on the day!!

I have found that Digital really helps with my traditional work, and since I have started I have seen an improvement in my traditional painting.

07-12-2007, 09:36 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Jul-2007/75590-Picture1.jpg finally finished my rework on this.

07-12-2007, 11:05 PM
Wow! Some wonderful work - glad I visited before the month is out!

Gordon - she certainly looks "determined" - I like the rich coloring, too;
Amy - your grad looks great - jaunty composition;
dollardays - I love the figure of the chap with the cat over his shoulder - and inspired composition and a warm, resonant execution - bravo;
Jennifer, your mom will be thrilled with this warm, inviting painting;
Capricorne - I love the composition of your daughter - and the fresh, loose execution;
Mark what a strong grisaille...
Larubia - as always, a compelling self portrait. I like the quiet dignity of this pose.

I am doing this portrait as a surprise birthday present for my best friend's 60th birthday next month. I still have to add her eyeglasses and a few touches to the mirror frame and background. C&C much appreciated...

mark malone
07-13-2007, 07:08 AM
Thanks Janine!!

Love the brush strokes on the shirt!!

07-13-2007, 10:00 AM
Still WIP - and will have to rework right girl from scratch, I fear:
Oil on canvas, 70*50 cm.


07-13-2007, 04:42 PM
Hi everyone some great paintings posted so far.
Here is a watercolor monochrome portrait of my Son Colin.
C&C welcome

07-13-2007, 04:58 PM
Sue, very nice. I like this one very much. :clap:

07-13-2007, 05:01 PM
Larubia, i love your website. Especially your still lifes.

07-14-2007, 06:07 PM
Hi Atont, thanks.

07-20-2007, 09:04 AM
Portrait of mu daughters friend Niek. Acrylic on paper. 39x39cm

Claudio Saes
07-20-2007, 10:21 AM
Hello Everyone!
So many beautiful portraits this month!
This is one quick work:
Cont on Mi-Tientes.

Thanks for letting me share it. Cheers!

07-20-2007, 03:22 PM
I rarely post to the What's on Your Easel threads. I peek sometimes though.
Lately, I've had to concentrate on a 7 person portrait, due mid August. Almost done except for the two figures I need to add into the main composition we started with. One person passed away in the 80s so we had only 3 old snapshots of them. One, luckily, is a face shot. He was a slight guy so I will get my son to pose for some shots in the angle I need the figure in, to be able to sketch him from there, then add him in. The other guy is a bit huskier and tall so I can get my hubby to pose for the basis for his figure. They are in suits and wanted to be kept that way by the client, so that is easy to draw.

I also started a portrait on canvas, of a friend of our family and of my son, a 14 yr old girl with a remarkable face and personality. She lives in BC Canada so I took a bunch of shots of her this Summer when her family was up north where my inlaws live and her Grandmother lives. Her Grandmother is an old friend of my mother and father in laws' and all the kids and grandkids grew up together. My son has now met the grand daughter and they have become friends, talking long distance, etc.
I'll get some shots of it up later over the next few days and maybe even the little vid I did of the beginning of the painting of it. I toned in the canvas a couple days ago and drew her on in graphite before I head to work one morning. I need a break off and on for my own stuff so will leisurely work on it. It's in a Classical realism sort of mode and I am taking lots of time on it.

I start a new job soon too as a photographer for a company that does school and grad, etc. photos. We'll see how that goes. It's seasonal so will give me periods of time where I will not be working and then can continue to paint, taking lots of time on a piece. This, I hope, will suit me well.

Good day all; Jocelyn

07-20-2007, 04:50 PM
Here's my first portrait that I did a couple days ago. It's more of an acrylic sketch on watercolor paper:


Her eyes are too close together, and her face too narrow, and she looks like she should have pointed ears. Other than that, I like it!

07-21-2007, 10:07 AM
Here are two that I have finished this month.Louise the dancer was finished at the beginning of the month,her mother insisted on a dancing pose,I managed a compromise and have just shown her in a Tutu.

The other of Leyla has more info on aldobaldingblogspot.com

07-21-2007, 11:43 AM
My wife, in oil

Like that!

07-21-2007, 01:33 PM

Acrylics on 8mm MDF panel. 40 x 70 cms


Sorry for the bad photo ... and the top right is the smoke of my cigarette:rolleyes:

07-21-2007, 02:10 PM
I was up early and painting this morn. Nice and peaceful :-)
Here is the drawing onto the tones canvas and the stage I am at now. I managed to wreck the eye on our left, dropping it when I cut into it with the surrounding flesh tones; so it needs to be adjusted again. Still needs work in the face, especially around the bottom of the nose. Also, the background is to be brought down into the loose hair on the crown of her head. With it appearing totally solid up there at her crown, instead of some whispy pieces that it is, it makes her head look too long right now. It will need to be brought down a bit onto her forehead more as well.
This is acrylic on a 9"x12" canvas. Yes, drawn freehand in 2B pencil.
So far, I feel happy with it's progress.
This girl, as I was painting, reminds me of the young Jodi Foster. My son asked me who that was lol! Then, when I explained, he says, "well, she can't be That famous if I've never heard of her" lol! Kids!



07-21-2007, 02:55 PM
Here's my first portrait that I did a couple days ago. It's more of an acrylic sketch on watercolor paper:


Her eyes are too close together, and her face too narrow, and she looks like she should have pointed ears. Other than that, I like it!
Yes to all points mentioned, but it certainly has a "feel" to it. I like it. Right now I can "see" her half-lying on a beach, the wind tangling her hair, and she is responding to someone calling her name.


07-21-2007, 05:04 PM
Some beautifully done portraits popping up in the gallery this month.
Inspiring works. :thumbsup:


07-23-2007, 12:33 PM
Still working on Sarah. I brought more of the background down into her hair at the top, to describe the loose whispy pieces up there.
Still a long way to go but am enjoying it :-)


07-24-2007, 04:56 PM
I had hoped to get another portrait done before the end of the month. Well I think I have managed to get a couple in. Here is one:

I think a fitting title is Best Friends...:

I don't know, now that I see it posted I wonder if it is too light.

07-24-2007, 11:34 PM
9 x 12 inch charcoal pencil and chalk on toned paper


9 x 12 inch vine charcoal

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Jul-2007/98522-sketch00817.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Jul-2007/98522-sketch00823.jpg

soft pastel on Strathmore Artagain paper


soft pastel on Art Spectrum Colourfix primer


07-25-2007, 01:25 AM
I see so many great works this month. I love it. Great stuff everyone!

Here's my penny in the wishing well. oil, canvas
Wish I had time to paint more.

07-25-2007, 02:27 PM
Alvin, what a great painting.

Jocelyn, that's charmingly beautiful, looking forward to following your progress on it. Great to hear about your new job, and btw, what camera will you be using? (I'm a newbie to digital photography, there are so many good cameras out there.)

07-25-2007, 03:51 PM
reference photo:

07-25-2007, 03:53 PM
Portrait of mu daughters friend Niek. Acrylic on paper. 39x39cm

Love this loose approach and your use of color!!!!


07-25-2007, 03:57 PM
Hi LG: Thank you. Ummm, I am not sure but it'll be a pro level Nikon. They use Nikon. I have a D70 but that is below the pro level. I start my training in mid Aug. so I'll find out the exact model.

07-25-2007, 03:57 PM
Painting this outdoors presented it's own challenges. Fortunately I was able to work with a live model/friend.:)

Pastel appx. 14 x 17"


07-25-2007, 04:17 PM
A really quick sketch, still thinking if I want to paint it or not.

07-25-2007, 08:54 PM
ooooh, love that sketch!

07-25-2007, 11:06 PM
Hi all, new poster to this forum. I usually paint landscapes and this is my second attempt at a portrait - didn't finish the first attempt and painted over it.

Still a WIP and a lot wrong with it but I'm happy with the progress and encouraged to persevere with this genre. Oil on canvas approx 24" square. I'll have to work the nose again from scratch seeing the pen I sketched it in with has seeped through the paint :envy: . Won't be doing that again!

http://img469.imageshack.us/img469/4812/wip7wc5.th.jpg (http://img469.imageshack.us/my.php?image=wip7wc5.jpg)

Any helpful suggestions would be much appreciated!

07-26-2007, 01:53 AM
Thanks so much Jocelyn.

Your latest work is brillant :). Very professional.

Speaking of professional. Iv'e always wondered, is everyone here an artist by trade or a hobbyist like myself? (This question should probably be in a new thread.) :) Seems like most people have their own artist website.


07-26-2007, 02:26 PM
There are a lot of portrait painters in here that do commissions, yes. Some make their full living and some just a partial income. I think there is a thread in the Business Forum, and old one, asking who makes a full time income with their art. I can probably find it as it seems to get added to often despite it being a few yrs old, if you want. Or, you can go to the Search link at top, pull down from the arrow, and do an Advanced Search-use keywords that you feel will give you threads on topics you'd like to find. There are all kinds of fields to specifiy your search too.

I have been painting Sarah quite a bit this week and her eis where I am at. A big brush into the hair also was usefull to lay some greens into the face and into the edges around the face. Still lots to do but the face is about 90% done. I find my image always looks a little less accurate on screen.


07-27-2007, 09:18 PM
w/i/p : study of Repin


07-28-2007, 12:13 AM
Wow!! Lots of eye candy this month---beautiful work!:clap:

Jocelyn --- I love your portrait of Sarah---you've combined realism with nice, loose, brushstrokes --- just beautiful.

Here is my latest portrait. It's sanguine chalk on paper, one of a series that I am doing of local war veterans. This is the first woman veteran that I've met----she served in the air force as a photographer, and also worked in the lab developing photos.

Have a good weekend, everyone.


lyn lynch
07-28-2007, 01:45 PM
Some amazing work in this thread. Gilberte, Love that portrait. If I could figure out how to work a portrait on canvas without loosing my guidelines Id copy it. Jocelyn, Sarah is indeed beautiful, a young Jodi Foster for sure. Im assuming your going to fade that b/g. Alvin, wonderful! Everyone! WONDERFUL, loved this tour of your week.

Lauren F-M
07-29-2007, 07:45 PM
Greetings, all!

Just catching up on what's been posted here this month.. as it comes to an end for July. :rolleyes:

WOW! What a wonderful gallery -- Bravo!! :clap: :clap: :clap:

Also, I notice quite a few artists new to WC here (and many new to me), with remarkable talent! Welcome to you, and keep posting your work here. :D

I've been absent for a while. I do have a few things to post, but won't have time to post them until the August Portrait Gallery is up. You are all inspiring me to get into the studio more.

Again -- BRAVO!! :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

Cheers, Lauren F-M :wave:

07-30-2007, 03:56 AM
What a neat thread, with great talent!

This is a portrait of my 4 year old daughter, Emily. It may be finished, I'm not certain...:rolleyes: I signed it just in case. I tend to keep picking at it. This painting is in oil on 15 x 20 stretched canvas.

Thanks for looking. As always C & Cs welcome.


07-30-2007, 07:55 AM
here is my last painting of my daughter, c&c welcome

i hope i did that properly!

07-30-2007, 10:20 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-Jul-2007/75590-Picture255.jpg continued working on this one from my last post here...final version...been at it for 3 months...usually by this time i've wrecked it and lost my way...i can now look at it without feeling irritation.

07-30-2007, 09:26 PM
wow! some beautiful work in the thread this month...this is my favorite threadon wc!

I worked on a photo ref from the wc library...not quite finished, this is oil


07-31-2007, 03:20 PM
I don't think I post in this thread very often, but I do love looking at it - seeing all that great work together.
So I'll post my self portrait that I just finished.
I've learned that I will NEVER paint a self portrait again - not pleasant.
(well never say never....maybe in 40 years or so....lol)

Cannot wait to start the next one, which is - yippeee- a commission.


So many nice works here.....too many to mention.....I remember Aldo's work - fabulous and inspirational as always - love Capricorne's 'Niek'!! - and hey Barb, good stuff there! Joss - great one coming along there! Oh and there are so many....
Thanks for sharing.

07-31-2007, 04:06 PM
As one who shares with you the "blessing" of freckles, you did a great job on them. They are not over-done or under. You have my skin exactly. I'm not sure I'd attempt to recreate them on paper, but you sure have pegged them. Nice work.

07-31-2007, 09:24 PM
Soap- that is such a wide eyed look- love it.

Joss- Nice job on Sarah --- lovely loose painting even though we can see you knew exactly where you were going with it from the start!

Larubia- you need to stop-- it is perfect. You don't want to overwork it do you? :evil:

Peter: Nice! Maybe soften the hairline and think of the lashes as a value instead of individually.

Paul- Gorgeous hair and expression!

I don't want to type all night - just want to say this thread is looking awesome this month -- one of the best I have seen. Here is my contribution. Liz- she is 15 yrs old and looks 25 . Three 2 hour sittings at our portrait group plus a lot of work at home with a photo I took.




08-02-2007, 01:46 PM
I hope I can add to this last month thread lol! Nora, I love the face on this above!