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Old 11-23-2017, 01:54 AM
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Is it possible for some of you to post up your portrait paintings in this thread? I am interested in seeing other artists and their handling of portrait subjects.

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I suggest you scroll through this channel, or, better yet, go the portrait one.
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Old 11-23-2017, 10:07 AM
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Re: Portrait painting

Here are two or three of mine. I spend my time painting free for parents portraits of their children killed in the war:
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Maybe send this to portrait forum
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Re: Portrait painting

Since you asked that other artists post their methods of "handling" portraits, I thought you might be interested in my method that I call the "Progressive Focus Method" of painting a portrait.

After years of sketching, drawing, gridding, etc., trying to achieve a relatively accurate likeness, and failing, I stumbled upon this method with which I realized almost instant "success". It involves no preliminary sketching, or drawing, whatsoever, but merely going directly to canvas with paint, and a relatively large brush.

This is a link to an article on "The Art Treehouse" site, in which I describe my process:

https://www.arttreehouse.com/store/c...-portrait-oils

(By the way, I purchase most of my oil painting supplies from The Art Treehouse--paint, Canada Balsam, Water-washed Linseed, and Walnut Oils, as well as Oil of Spike Lavender, etc.)
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Re: Portrait painting

Good technique that Bill. Likeness isnt just about detail and the gaussian blur gives plenty of room for manouevre for artistic impression too.
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Good technique that Bill. Likeness isnt just about detail and the gaussian blur gives plenty of room for manouevre for artistic impression too.

Thank you! It is interesting that when I am using this method, someone will usually identify the "sitter" with only the first, very blocked-in stage of the painting. As you say, Likeness isn't just about detail. I find that likeness is basically about getting the broad elements in the correct locations early on, working from the general, to the specific.

For some reason, I discovered that I could not do that as well by drawing with pencil lines, but only with broad strokes of a brush. And, it helps greatly to stand well back from the painting quite often during the rough-in.
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Since you asked that other artists post their methods of "handling" portraits, I thought you might be interested in my method that I call the "Progressive Focus Method" of painting a portrait.

After years of sketching, drawing, gridding, etc., trying to achieve a relatively accurate likeness, and failing, I stumbled upon this method with which I realized almost instant "success". It involves no preliminary sketching, or drawing, whatsoever, but merely going directly to canvas with paint, and a relatively large brush.

This is a link to an article on "The Art Treehouse" site, in which I describe my process:

https://www.arttreehouse.com/store/c...-portrait-oils

(By the way, I purchase most of my oil painting supplies from The Art Treehouse--paint, Canada Balsam, Water-washed Linseed, and Walnut Oils, as well as Oil of Spike Lavender, etc.)

Very cool. Was exactly what I was looking for. Thanks for taking the time to post. Happy Thanksgiving.
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I suggest you scroll through this channel, or, better yet, go the portrait one.

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These were 15-20 min studies in Mikes class ó darks and lights only !

I think Bills process is similar to mine .. but I be
Learned from working from life.. Iíve studied with Laffel.. Sherrie McGraw.Gregg. Kruetz .. casey Baugh.. Phil Beck ..Robert Liberace..Jeff Hein... many ... but studying with Mike Macguza.. was the most Interesting.. he teaches painting children from life.. he would start with 5 and 6 yr olds ... and say.. you have ten minutes.. get the lights and darks down ..
You need to have already put time into learning to draw forms.
Then squinting down .. if you get the shadow patterns right .. you already have that person . I always start with the head position.. then the shadow patterns .. then to develop areas .. with the tones and local flesh colors ( more red.. more yellow.. etc) leaving details as in the eyes untill later .. as itís easy to get to carried away in detail .. and to lose the overall scheme.
I will say .. that to study the structure of the head . Knowing the measurements for adults and children .. and the anatomy really helps !!
I generally can get a likeness from life most of the time ...
I do periodically work from photos .. but only my own .. and if one works from life .. he will always do better when working from a photo..
That is my belief ..

This was a 40min study..2 x 20min ,, she loved it so I gave it to her.
Painting the 5 and 6 yr olds are a hoot.? As they donít sit still at all.
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Hereís some of my portraits .. all from life !





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Old 11-23-2017, 11:15 PM
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Excellent work. Thanks for posting. You keep it simple, and I like that. I am a sculptor so the simplicity of the form is what I appreciate. I also admire your brush stokes. Once again, these are great.
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Re: Portrait painting

OK, here is what I currently have on my easel. It is a WIP. Consider that I am a sculptor and potter. Comments, please!

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Old 11-26-2017, 08:57 PM
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Re: Portrait painting

This is another one I just completed. Oil on stretched canvas 12 X 16 inches.
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I like the last one Bob
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