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Old 02-01-2011, 10:30 PM
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Portrait Gallery - February 2011

Happy February!

What's on your easel (or in your sketchbook) this month?

Show a finished portrait or one in any stage of progress (WIP = Work in 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. (Portrait Swap WIP shots most welcome, too!)

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

So... let's get those portraits set up in the gallery....
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Wow ravibunny, amazing technique for a first attempt in oil.

Here's a portrait color study, done from life. Oil on board.

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Ravi - Very nice. Good job handling your change from wc to oil! Impressive beginning!

Raeburn - Love this! Great use of color... Love your "brush" work, or is some of that pallet knife? Whatever it is, it works beautifully!

Here's a portrait, that after posting in the pastel forum, I will be adjusting slightly, so she's back on my easel!
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Great start to February, Ravi, Raeburn, and Jean!
All three of these are lovely in different styles!
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Re: Portrait Gallery - February 2011

My 19 year old son when he was home for the holidays.
Oil on mat board 45 cm x 35 cm.

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Re: Portrait Gallery - February 2011

Great start to the gallery!
ravibunny: this is looking very good.
JEFranz: the pic you've posted is dark in my browser. I'll have to download it and lighten to get a better look.
raeburn: terrific colours in your study. Gives the subject a metallic look....but somehow it's right!
bethanyt: excellent, a character study. I get the immediate impression of an outgoing, forthright young man.
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Hi all! Fairly new to this site. Strange I never knew of it, but I'm always at my easel.
Thought I'd post a portrait of what I've been working on recently. Any questions...feel free to ask. I love talking about paint!!! Pigments, mediums, canvas type, brushes. You name it!
Any criticism....please be kind. I'm looking for professional painters who are fluent in the oil painting language of portraiture. Hints, tips, and advise are well taken by those who know the language.
Moving from impasto impressionist to a more classic academic Dutch style with plenty of Flemish and French idols, let me know what you think with this considered. Thanks! Peace
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Gosh...I just realized I had taken pictures of a portrait I did a bit ago in several stages. I think it does give a decent deal to what went on in the glazing process.
Just to say, this thing was high on turpentine, and used very small drops of linseed moving on up to linseed stand mixed with the turp. Super low viscosity, like milk at the most.
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Re: Portrait Gallery - February 2011

Great to see the gallery filling up with art already!
Ravi -- welcome, and you've got a good start in oils already!
raeburn -- it's always a pleasure to see your work!
Jean -- thanks for posting this lovely pensive portrait up here! Great mood to it!
Bethany -- wow! What a lovely portrait of your handsome son!
Oilartnelson -- welcome to Wetcanvas and to the Portraiture forum!
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Hi all

I have been away from Painting for a while. Have done some Landscapes in Oil previously, but would really love to get into Portraiture. This is my first attempt at something in Acrylic. I tried it as a "Pop Art" type of painting.....and its still very much a WIP. Any advice/criticism [good or bad] greatly appreciated.

I am having a problem uploading the attachment. Please ignore this post till I sort out the problem, and I will then re-post.

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Thanks for the welcome Lauren!

Was looking through some portraits I had done in the past that had some unique things upon them that I thought would be good examples for those who might want to use these techniques. They are quick sketchy portraits, though made more for experimentation.

I used a crackling varnish on my brothers quick one session, wet on wet portrait, and with a rag, rubbed asphalt mixed with lots of turpentine after it was dry to make the cracks appear. Can be done with pigment mixed with a medium, and is usually done with Burnt Umber, though this was just an experiment to see what would happen.

I also rubbed asphalt onto the the girl portrait though without the crackling varnish. This was also a quick one session wet on wet, working with a simple couple color pallet, as you can tell. More or less sketchy portraits, though wanting to see what the crackling varnish would do, and the asphalt. So here are examples. Hope it helps anyone who is interested in this.
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Hi everyone!
Thought I would post another piece of work I did to show the process I use to go through despite it being a copy of Van Gogh's ''Potato Eaters", and very impressionist as I use to do. Trying to work my way out of that.

Anyhow, I think it shows a good pigment tone grounding and wash on the canvas with just turpentine before the paint sketch is made, upon which opaque colors are therein built up with linseed mediums.

You may notice it is done in a rather section by section style, which I wouldn't recommend things done this way, as it can ruin the harmony and tone throughout the whole of the canvas, though it is one of my older works. Hope you enjoy the process.
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Re: Portrait Gallery - February 2011

........ ....... been doing these 2 for the last month.
Bethany..the portrait of your son is superb!!!!
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Great work, larubia, and your Marilyn is spot on.
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C&C welcome
I submitted this to the Feb. challenge, but I'll be working on it more. I'm new to colored pencil and now that this is scanned, I'm going to experiment with it -- more blending, maybe even a little Liquin, and whatever critiques I get for improvement.
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