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Dana Design
05-03-2009, 10:47 AM
The Portrait Gallery, May, 2009

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 it.

Even if you have already shown it in the main portraiture forum, you are invited to showcase it in this thread, also, as this thread will remain in the Library Archives.

And be sure to check out previous Portrait Galleries. Lots of great work in there!

Dana Design
05-03-2009, 12:07 PM
Here's a portrait from last month's challenge. I'm not happy with it but I haven't been able to spend much time on it. She looks much older than the original. Pretty icky, IMO. All C&C welcomed.

05-05-2009, 08:35 AM
Enjoyed doing this one , 16 x 12 Acrylic

05-05-2009, 05:45 PM
I had started this in April and just finished it a couple days ago. It was a family commission from a flash photo. I try not to paint wide smiles but that was very much a part of who my aunt was. Her family was happy with the result. It is pastel on suede matt board, 11 x 14 inches.

05-05-2009, 10:02 PM
Hello everyone, I'm so impressed with the creativity on this thread!

Dana D, love the softness you achieved with last month's challenge. I worked on the same portrait but had trouble with my computer and didn't get it uploaded in time. I'm also having trouble working in acrylics for the first time - I can't seem to get the coverage I'm used to with oils, and the glazing is completely different. Frustrating! This is far from finished but thought I would show it as a WIP.

bettythecat, I admired your challenge portrait on the acrylics thread - how do you work so quickly??! The lighting was pretty tricky but you nailed it.

Terri, the pastel portrait of your aunt is lovely. Soft background colors, and then POW! the bright pink emphasizing what must be a lively personality.

Here's my peasant girl, 10 x 12 acrylic on gessoed muslin glued to wood panel. C&C welcome.



05-06-2009, 07:09 AM
Ready to sign and frame. "Susan" oil 16x20
Painted during Portrait Class.

05-06-2009, 10:02 AM
I had started this in April and just finished it a couple days ago. It was a family commission from a flash photo. I try not to paint wide smiles but that was very much a part of who my aunt was. Her family was happy with the result. It is pastel on suede matt board, 11 x 14 inches.

Suede mat brd is such a beautiful surface. Lovely lovely portrait! That red is working so well here.

05-06-2009, 07:13 PM
:wave: Hello everyone

Your pretty icky is soooo much better than my good!!! :lol:

This is absolutely terrific!!!! :clap:

This is really gorgeous. The vibrancey of your subject really shines through. :clap:

I like the paintorliness (is that a word? lol) you have in this painting. :clap: It is interesting to see different artists takes on the same subject.

This is a lovey painting and done in such a short time in class. Well done. :clap:

Well I am still working on the same subject as last month "Frank". I hated HATED the way it was coming out in oils, so I put it away. I am still committed to have something to give to him as a gift. I have started over using what I am most comfortable with my trusty pencils. So I did a colored lined drawing.
This is on 12x12 grey Strathmoore paper
#2 pencil, pen & Koh-I-Noor woodless pencils (love these!!!)
The eyes still need work, they look clouded right now, I'll bring them back in the morning when I get better lite. :thumbsup: Also the color is closer to the top photo, I was loosing my light on the second one.

What do you think, does it look like the guy in the photo?

Sharon :wave:

05-06-2009, 08:14 PM
Top job sharon , likeness is on the money , :clap:

05-06-2009, 08:19 PM
i am gonna have a go at the second subject , she has a very hard complextion tough one for me but this is tonights effort.

sorry about picture quality the light is rubbish

05-06-2009, 08:19 PM
Thank you Leigh!!


05-06-2009, 08:22 PM
Sorry posted this in the wrong thread

05-07-2009, 10:37 AM
Bnsmakkin: good likeness.

My portrait 'done in class' means 6 classes of 2 hours each.
Thanks for commenting.

05-08-2009, 03:25 AM
Dana, your portrait from the challenge is very good, so delicate.:)

This one went through a long ugly phase,:D what was worse I couldn't get a good photo. This photo is better, what do you think? It is 22"x28" oil on linen.


05-08-2009, 09:07 AM
Here's a portrait from this month's challenge , done in my sketch book with pastels and watercolour. c&c welcome

05-10-2009, 03:49 PM
Wow Leigh, that's a beautiful portrait.

05-11-2009, 06:54 AM

Lauren F-M
05-11-2009, 10:05 PM
Hi, all! :D

Some great portraits happening here this month! :clap:

Dana -- I think you did a fine job of the peasant girl. :thumbsup:
Leigh -- Lovely job on Jamal & the one of Shauna is very nice too! :clap:
Terri -- you did a great job on this commission -- what personality! And that vibrant magenta works well. :D
Lynne - nice start on the peasant girl. What is nice about acrylics is the glazing in layers. Also, scumbling can work very well. (Our Jocelyn does wonders with scumbling in acrylics.)
Vic -- Lovely portrait study! :thumbsup: Great basic shadow shapes and the rest worked out so well. Something I'm struggling with -- you inspire!
Sharon - Frank has great character. :thumbsup: I would watch the outlining though, as it gives a cartoon look -- unless that is what you are going after. I would suggest that you work in some shading.
becca -- you have progressed so far in the year-plus a bit that you have been showing your oil s-p's here in the portrait forum! :thumbsup: Great pose and composition. I would suggest a bit more definition in the torso/blouse, as there is a lot in the face and it would balance the figure. Great work!
Larubia -- I love this portrait! You've done a superb job! :clap: (now, stop!) :eek:
... now, back to your easels, everyone! (except Larubia) :evil:

05-12-2009, 02:29 AM
Lauren, thanks for your comments and suggestions. It is as if when I hit the one year mark I noticed a marked improvement in my portraits, I am glad it seems that way to others as well. Still plenty of room for me to grow however.

05-12-2009, 06:32 AM
Thanks Lauren for your comments

This one is of my Grandad on watercolour paper and a mixture of pencil , pastel , acrylic

Regards Leigh

Lauren F-M
05-12-2009, 04:28 PM
Lauren, thanks for your comments and suggestions. It is as if when I hit the one year mark I noticed a marked improvement in my portraits, I am glad it seems that way to others as well. Still plenty of room for me to grow however.

While I think every artist -- no matter how accomplished -- will have some room for improvement (if not just in their own mind), please pat yourself on the back for the work you've accomplished in this past year+.
Do you know how many sp's you've done in that time? 20 or more, I think (though I haven't been a regular here during that time)? :confused:
You do well in encouraging those of us less brave to do sp's. I have been meaning to... however, as it has been at least 30 years since I have done one, it is harder to face the truth in the mirror. :lol:
Thanks for inspiring us! :clap:

Lauren F-M
05-12-2009, 04:29 PM
Thanks Lauren for your comments

This one is of my Grandad on watercolour paper and a mixture of pencil , pastel , acrylic

Regards Leigh

This is lovely, Leigh! :thumbsup:

05-12-2009, 04:42 PM
Thankyou Lauren for your kind comment , i do feel i have done a few portraits in a short period of time but i seem to have the bug again , i must also praise this site and all concerned for the feedback , tips and general help :clap:

05-13-2009, 03:00 AM
Lauren, you are too kind, I think I am past the 20 sp mark somewhere, I haven't posted all of the latest here, too busy. Some of the most recent are figure work, then I have also tried some experimental.

Here is am experimental 8"x8" I did today, I am afraid it may be a little scary,


Thanks again for your kind words.:wave:

05-13-2009, 03:48 AM
Hi Lauren...first of all would like to congratulate you on taking over as new guide...and your comment gave me a good chuckle...i cannot rest untill a painting stops irritating me as the drawing faults become obvious as i progress...the way i paint am thinking that i have to plan paintings more carefully with a spot on drawing ...not my best forte.
Yes Ibecca your sp's have developed and I have enjoyed watching your struggles..sp's are a great way to learn.

05-13-2009, 09:58 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-May-2009/75590-Picture57.jpg been doing this one from life sittings...was 4th sitting this morning.

05-13-2009, 10:10 AM
Thanks Larubia, sp's are a good way to learn. Yours have been great to follow as well. This mornings post is beautiful.

Here is mine after a few changes last night.


I think I could have done with a different color accent in the hair, it is actually purple, but looks blue in the photos for some reason.

05-13-2009, 10:30 AM
Lots of great work here!!

Dana: You may not like the painting for last month's challenge but it turned out nice!! :thumbsup:

Leigh: All three of your portraits posted here are very good! That first one is beautiful!! :thumbsup:

Terri: Wonderful pastel!! Your client should be very pleased indeed! :thumbsup:

Vic: Your portrait of Susan is very good!! :thumbsup:

Sharon: I think you captured Frank's likeness, but I concur with an earlier assessment of being careful about the line work used in defining wrinkles, unless you are attempting a cartoon-like effect. While you think you might have to go black in order to get the dark value for depth, outlining usually has the opposite effect of flattening the image. Your likeness is spot-on! :thumbsup:

Becca: To say you've progressed is an understatement! I'm amazed at how far you've come in a year. It really shows in your brushwork! Nice efforts here and let me also say you're brave to set up in front of a mirror and go for it. Most are very intimidated in doing that. Bravo!! :thumbsup:

Larubia: Your two portraits of this young lady are spectacular!! I especially like the second one. Beautiful in every way!. I once told you to stop on it a while back, but you've made it even better since then and managed to keep the vitality and expressiveness I saw originally. Bravo!! Now Stop! :D :D

Here's my latest effort. This is a preliminary sketch to work out direction and get client approval before heading on to the final. It's not finished and probably won't be as this was more for me to work out steps and strategy in approaching the final.




05-13-2009, 04:19 PM
RandyP, thank you so much. Let me say your young girl has the face of an angel, beautiful painting.

Lauren, let me take this opportunity to congratulate you on your guide position as well. :clap:

05-13-2009, 08:41 PM
This is the portrait of my niece Kayla, from a reference photo I took myself.

She's 10 going on 25, and had great fun being a model. This is my fourth such portrait, and the first from my own reference photo. My next one is her twin brother...coming soon.

05-14-2009, 06:45 PM
Lea, that's beautiful, what a charming niece you've got, and a great model.

05-15-2009, 07:01 PM
This is the granddaughter of a friend of ours.


05-16-2009, 12:20 AM
Lawrence, how cute. I guess that we were sort of on the same page today.

I did this one of my friends grandson, but I don't think she liked the crop very well. She had given me a photo with the chin chopped off at the bottom and this is the first solution that came to mind. Guess this is how we learn.

This is 8"x8" oil on canvas.


05-16-2009, 06:30 PM
Hi becca, yes, it's a great day for grandchildren. I like his eyes especially.

Here's another one of the baby girl.


05-17-2009, 03:27 AM
Lawrence, thank you, this one of yours is much more animated.

Since my friend had really wanted a portrait eliminating the shortfalls of her photo, I gave it a try. Here he is, 8"x10" oil on canvas, I noticed in this photo I need to add one spot of highlight on his nose.


The ref pic was cut off just below the mouth, so I built a chin and just added the suggestion of his shoulders.

05-17-2009, 08:31 AM
Staying with the theme at the moment , this one i finished today of my nephew Declan


05-17-2009, 10:54 AM
Leigh, that is beautiful! Nice one.

I touched up his eyes and signed it, this is also a better photo than last night.


05-17-2009, 02:35 PM
Leigh, that's enchanting.

becca, that one's much better, she'll love it.

This is the father of the little baby girl I posted.


05-17-2009, 03:41 PM
Lawrence, thank you. I really love this one of yours, the colors and definition are fabulous.

05-17-2009, 06:07 PM
Becca , i love the warm feel you created you should be very pleased, i am getting to know your style without seeing your name attached which to me should be praise in its self , Great !!!!!:thumbsup:

Lawrence , very vibrant good use of colour , i wish i was more bold, well done:thumbsup:


05-17-2009, 06:57 PM
Leigh, thank you for the lovely complement.

Lauren F-M
05-18-2009, 12:36 PM
Wow, the younger (baby and toddler) set is being well represented here! :clap:

Lovely kiddy portraits, Lawrence, Becca & Leigh! :thumbsup:

Lawrence, that one of the baby's dad is wonderful -- great character! :clap:

05-18-2009, 12:53 PM
Awesome portraits here. love them all!!

this one I did recently the client love it photo was her deceased son, who passed from numerous health problems and she was so joyful that he looked healthy and happy!!
8x10 in acrylic


05-18-2009, 06:23 PM
Leigh, you don't need to be bolder, what you have accomplished with "Declan" is superb, and reminds me of Gainsbourough's exquisite paintings of his daughters, and also of van Dyke's portrait of a young girl (his daughter?).

Kathie, that will be treasured forever.

This is the baby's mother, wife of the man I posted yesterday.


05-19-2009, 01:16 AM
Kathie, this is a treasure.

Lawrence, lovely brushwork and color.

Lauren, thank you.

05-19-2009, 10:00 AM
Thanks for your kind comments Lawrence , another cracking job you did on your latest well done !!!!:clap:

I thought i would have a go at watercolour , its a bit heavy and the hands look a bit harsh , my daughter insisted pink was used on the clothing so pink overload it was.


05-19-2009, 06:28 PM
Nice one Leigh, I can almost hear her saying "Almost finished yet, Dad?" :) :)

This is after a portrait that Ferdinand Hodler did in 1909 of his model/lover Jeanne Cerani-Charles. He was Swiss, lived from 1853 to 1918, and today is the anniversary of his death. I found this one in "Ciudad de la Pintura."


05-19-2009, 08:01 PM
Lawrence another cracker , i think we have to much time on our hands:lol:

05-19-2009, 11:39 PM
Hi all,

Some interesting work here this month . . . seeing the SPs is making me think that maybe I should take the plunge and try one. Maybe.:eek:

Anyhow, here is what is on my easel right now. Obviously a work in progress, with lots and lots left to do . . .




Thanks for looking,

05-20-2009, 09:52 AM
Jenn, beautifully done. What is the medium?

05-20-2009, 10:06 AM
Thanks Becca. It's oil, 24 x 30 . . . The background is slightly lighter in reality than in the photo, but looking at it on-screen, I think I need to lighten it some more . . .

Love the SPs you've been posting. Do you work in front of a mirror, or do you photograph yourself?

Jenn, beautifully done. What is the medium?

05-20-2009, 12:15 PM
Thanks, Jenn, your painting is so refined. For my sp's I take a photo of myself for scene and lighting and pose, then use my mirror for reference as well of feature detail and tone. Because photos don't always produce accurate skin tones, I try to observe these in the appropriate lighting. I found this method works best for scene work or special light effects. I still have much growing to do.

05-20-2009, 12:31 PM
That approach sounds like a good idea. I tried a SP once, using a mirror, and all I got for my efforts was a sore neck. :o

Thanks, Jenn, your painting is so refined. For my sp's I take a photo of myself for scene and lighting and pose, then use my mirror for reference as well of feature detail and tone. Because photos don't always produce accurate skin tones, I try to observe these in the appropriate lighting. I found this method works best for scene work or special light effects. I still have much growing to do.

05-20-2009, 01:11 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-May-2009/75590-Picture70.jpg had 5th sitting this morning..next week for one more sitting ... final lookover.
That's a lovely composition Jennf...on the way to a good painting!
Also like your strong compositions LGHumphrey and nice clean colour.

05-22-2009, 03:05 PM

This is a portrait of my father in law. He's a WIP. Actually he might say that about me, but that's a different story!

Dana Design
05-22-2009, 06:46 PM
griffster, I'd take some of that dark blue in the upper left and every so subtly incorporate into the viewer's right side of the face. It would balance this portrait very well. Also, I'd soften the edges of the arms especially the right arm (bottom) as that lightness is drawing too much attention.

Incorporating all of the colors of the sky into this would really make it very special.

05-23-2009, 06:51 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-May-2009/75590-Picture39.jpg finished this sp this morning.

05-23-2009, 06:28 PM
Ahh larubia, you do look a bit tired there, but I'm glad you got rid of that double chin.

Your portrait of the young lady is splendid, and the photography is superb.

05-23-2009, 07:26 PM
>>>oil portrait on canvas 50*70

05-23-2009, 07:28 PM
oil on canvas by the tube 50*70 (self portrait)

05-24-2009, 10:25 AM
A commission I just finished using school photos as a reference, lousy references.
Pastel on paper 25" by 20"

05-24-2009, 01:41 PM
My wife and son when he was 6 months old

05-24-2009, 02:09 PM
Even though family members thought this boy was a girl, I'm still partial to this portrait. Watercolor - 6 x 10"

05-24-2009, 03:28 PM
Leigh, another lovely one.

mimi, I think the portrait is great, doesn't look like a girl to me.

I had the chance to meet the little boy briefly that I painted the portrait of last week. I made a few adjustments.


05-27-2009, 02:08 AM
Here is how the little guy has ultimately ended up looking.


Hopefully now I move on.

05-28-2009, 06:37 PM
Mimi, you've done a wonderful job on that. The first time I saw the original I thought it was a girl, too, so it's not surprising that your family mistook your excellent copy to be a painting of a girl.

becca, what a sweety chubby face that kid has!

05-28-2009, 09:50 PM
Lawrence, yes he does!

05-29-2009, 04:59 AM
One of my dad