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Dana Design
07-02-2009, 01:10 PM
The Portrait Gallery, July, 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 .

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!

07-02-2009, 07:47 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Jul-2009/75590-Picture286.jpg yet another sp to start the month :D

Lauren F-M
07-02-2009, 10:31 PM
yet another sp to start the month :D

Looking very nice, Larubia! :clap: Love the roses, too. Great to see you combining two things you paint well -- figures and flowers. :thumbsup:

Today I started a long study of Sasha. Did the first of three days (5 hours each day; did about 4 today, due to set-up & gestures). Just working out the figure today. As I still have so much to learn about oils, I chose to do the initial drawing-in with a very limited palette used by Nelson Shanks, and shown in a teach-in article in the current issue of American Artist "Painting Instruction Highlights from Master Teachers" (available in stores until October 12). He uses three colours: Ultramarine Blue, Burnt Sienna & White to make a dark (for shadow shapes) and light (for lights) for the initial painting process, the "duotone block-in of the flesh color." Since my model was clothed, I added a few other colours so I could sort out what I was doing better. I'd pre-tinted the board with a raw umber wash. Size: 14" w x 18" h.

So, here are the first two WIP shots; the first is after an hour or so, and the second is at the end of the session:

Still so much to do! :eek:

07-05-2009, 06:46 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Jul-2009/75590-Picture297.jpg been working on another sp and kept coming back to this one too..softer now.
Hi Lauren..that's a great beginning..look forward to seeing it done...this is the best likeness i've done so far.

07-05-2009, 07:58 AM
Good work so far this month:clap:

I don't think i need to tell people who this lovely is but it my turn to have a go

16X12 Watercolour x pastels


07-07-2009, 06:09 AM
Hello everyone,

This is my last portrait. It's my eldest 24th son, oil on canvas size 100 cm X 60 cm.

Good paintings as always here.


A close-up:


07-07-2009, 04:44 PM
Nice work everyone!

07-08-2009, 01:36 AM
Wonderful paintings everyone:thumbsup:

Here's what I've been working on, Sydney Pollack was posted on the pastel forum and I snagged him to try in digital oils :D still a bit to go but here he is so far xposted from Painters Allley


07-08-2009, 06:49 AM
Nice one Jean, guess I should post mine here after I finish.

07-09-2009, 06:15 PM
IsaMar, that's your 24th son? My gosh, how many daughters have you got? :)

07-09-2009, 06:22 PM
IsaMar, that's your 24th son? My gosh, how many daughters have you got? :)

At least I resisted posting that. :wink2:

Lauren F-M
07-09-2009, 11:25 PM
Thanks, Larubia! :D
I had a second session with that model today. Will post it soon.
So, that is the best likeness of yourself in a SP you've done? I've never seen a photo of you, other than the wee avatar ones... However, I think I would know you to see you, from all the SPs you've posted over the years here! :thumbsup:

Leigh -- nice take on that popular Vermeer! :D

Isa Mar -- Lovely painting of your handsome son! :clap:

Jean -- your portrait of Mr. Pollack is looking really good! :thumbsup:

We had new models in our portraiture workshop yesterday, and here are2 WIP shots. Vine Charcoal
First, after about an hour (at the break) -- blocking in:

At the end of the session -- after about 2 hours and a bit:

We have another 2 weeks with these models, and I also need to refine her a bit -- she is quite petite and not beefy like I have her here. :rolleyes: Ooops!

07-10-2009, 06:07 AM
IsaMar, that's your 24th son? My gosh, how many daughters have you got? :)

No I have no daughters, only two sons, one with 24 and the other with 18. If you mean girlfriends, yes he has a few lol

07-12-2009, 01:41 PM
Lauren, nice to see you working in oils.

Here is my latest effort, 20"x24" oil on linen.


07-12-2009, 01:58 PM
I did this one yesterday, mostly for practice, and because I loved the hat in the reference. :) Lot's could still be done to improve it, but as I said, just for practice, still if you have comments I'd love to hear them - always looking to learn and get better. Done in Digital Pastels in Painter 11 appox 10 x 10 at 300 dpi.



07-12-2009, 04:49 PM
did this a couple of days ago, its from a photo of a friends daughter:


Conte Pastels on W&N pastel paper

07-12-2009, 04:51 PM
Very nice. Love the colors!

07-12-2009, 08:14 PM
Hi everyone,

Some nice work here. I find it so interesting to try to guess whose work each piece is, without looking at the names---everyone has such a distinct style.

Here is a study that I painted last weekend.

Thanks for looking!


07-12-2009, 09:14 PM
Very nice Jennifer!

07-16-2009, 09:51 AM
20X16 Watercolour and pastel on watercolour paper


07-16-2009, 06:42 PM
Currently trying to do portraits by artificial light; blue light. Using cell phones, computers, and the like. It does some funny things with warm/cool color balance. Playing havoc with my palette.


irish artist
07-17-2009, 12:40 AM

Pastel on paper, model in a silk robe. The painting is 30x45. the skin tones were made by using nupastel and smearing the lines to blend in the skin tones.

07-19-2009, 07:07 AM
Hmmm, I thought I'd posted this here, but I guess not. This is Sydney Pollock from the Pastel Challenge this month. I did it digitally in Painter 11 using pastel brushes. It's about 10 x 10 inches at 300 dpi. If you are interested in the full WIP it is here: http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=571822


07-19-2009, 06:16 PM
johnsonsinc, love that effect.

irish artist, that's lovely.

kennychaffin, great portrait.

07-19-2009, 07:11 PM
Thanks Lawrence! Much appreciated!

07-21-2009, 03:09 PM
This is my version of a digital. I did a drawing, scanned it, then use my old photo editing software to paint over it. Doc

07-21-2009, 03:12 PM
And Kenny, Mr. Pollack looks great. Doc

Dana Design
07-21-2009, 06:00 PM
did this a couple of days ago, its from a photo of a friends daughter:


Conte Pastels on W&N pastel paper

So good, greywolf! Wonderful pastel, full of life and sensitivity.

irish artist
07-22-2009, 12:15 PM
Thank you Lawrence, thanks for the comment

07-22-2009, 09:31 PM
Thanks Dana, heres another one I've just finished, its my son Adam wearing his new hat (I think I might have to rescan it though as the colours seem a bit over saturated):http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/22-Jul-2009/178945-Adams_Hat_800.jpg

07-23-2009, 11:03 AM

Re-scanned and adjusted for correct colour balance (its a new A3 scanner and I still havn't sorted out how to get decent scans from it)

BTW the hat is actually a bit big for Adam which is why it doesn't look as if its sat right on his head LOL

Claudio Saes
07-23-2009, 11:22 AM
This is my latest:
Watercolor on Fabriano Artistico- 12x18in / 32,5x45,5cm
Thanks for letting me share.

Dana Design
07-23-2009, 12:22 PM
Oh! How adorable and so beautifully painted. A keeper, for sure, and one for the family now and in the future. Love his little pixie eyes!

07-23-2009, 12:29 PM
lol yes he is quite impish - especially when he smiles, its one of those mischeivous smiles that you can't help but adore :)

07-23-2009, 10:33 PM
Here's my July 09 efforts :) ,

the first is Mr Pollock and then Vermeer's girl with a pearl ... both done with Painter 11

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Jul-2009/36920-S_Pollock.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Jul-2009/36920-the_pearl.JPG

07-25-2009, 01:40 AM
Hi: This is the first time I have posted on this forum. Lots of really good work here. The drawing is graphite on A4 paper. Comments welcomed. Cheers Glen.http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Jul-2009/97312-Sigret_7.jpg

07-26-2009, 12:26 AM
It seems like most of the ones posted have been done or almost done. Mine isn't that far along but I wanted to share it. I've also posted it on the acrylic WIP thread. acrylic on canvas, 16 by 20. A commissioned piece of my coworker's children. The middle one will be upside-down, it's based on a photo of them lying on the carpet with one upside down.


07-27-2009, 02:37 PM
I am trying to post this portrait in the Portrait Gallery, July 2009http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-Jul-2009/156552-DSCF6605.JPG http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-Jul-2009/156552-DSCF6604.JPG http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-Jul-2009/156552-DSCF6608.JPG

irish artist
07-28-2009, 03:36 PM

Wonderful work everyone! I really enjoy coming here and checking out the entries. Oil on canvas, Cindy and the rabbit. The identity of the girl is unknown, just one of those, 'ah', moments that you snap quickly and then paint later and wish you'd asked for her name.....