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Old 06-01-2005, 05:28 AM
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The Portrait Gallery, June, 2005

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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:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Articles2/44487/496/

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

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Re: The Portrait Gallery, June, 2005

Looking forward to seeing your Portraiture WIPs, Finished Works, and Works at any stage that you are working on this month.

Keep the Portraits coming

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Val,

Thank you so much for hosting this thread!

It is much appreciated!

I'll be dropping in later with the start of a new portrait.

Thanks, you are a great hostess!
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Re: The Portrait Gallery, June, 2005

Thankyou Eileen. I am looking very forward to hostessing this thread, and especially looking forward to seeing the portraits that will be posted over the course of this month.

Looking forward to your WIP Eileen.

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Here is a recent oil sketch done in class (about 4 hours from life).

9"x16" oil on linen. C&C welcome.

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Beautiful Portrait. Love the way you have captured the light. Thankyou so much for posting, and sharing with us all.

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Just thought I would X-post one from D&S since this is the first time to post in portraiture. This is a nephew, the hat and collar is rendered with ebony pencil, the rest in graphite. The ebony does not erase very well for me, nor does it let me lift out highlights. 14 x 17 Strath Bristol. I have reworked his lower lip today but have not made another pic. Maybe tomorrow, C & C's welcomed. Title this one "Don't Call Him a Cowboy, 'til You See Him Ride".
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This is a recent 22 x30 pastel portrait painted on Sennelier La Carte paper with a mixture of Nupastel, Rembrandts and Great American pastels.
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Re: The Portrait Gallery, June, 2005

Francisco - just wonderful - I love the lighting you use.

Charles - very nice! Missed it on D & S somehow.

Mike - WOW - absolutely stunning. So soft and peaceful. I dream of ever achieving anything remotely close to this. Breathtaking!
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CHARLES -- I love your Portrait of your nephew -- his face shows very strong characteristics -- well done.

MIKE -- Absolutely stunning Portrait in every way. Oh to be able to paint her dress like you have -- just a dream for me. Just love the entire painting to bits. AWESOME


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Re: The Portrait Gallery, June, 2005

Francisco, another beautiful piece. Your work has a wonderful dimensional quality to it; you are so adept at using lighting to convey form. I noticed that the works you posted here are on linen. How do you find this surface compares to canvas?

Charles, thanks for sharing your work here - welcome! I have an ebony pencil, but have never tried it. I love the deep rich blacks you were able to achieve with it. I can see the disadvantage of it though, if you are unable to lift out highlights. But it does a great job of increasing the value range in your portrait.

Mike, what a beautiful, classical painting! I am admiring everything about it. Welcome to the portraiture forum. You have caught this reflective pose beautifully, with a wonderful interplay of warm and cool color. Your work is stunning. I hope to see more of it - I know I could learn a lot from studying your paintings.
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Re: The Portrait Gallery, June, 2005

Thanks Val, Anita & Eileen. Oh by the way, the canvas size is 9x12 inches, not 9x16.

My teacher likes to see strong contrasts - not just in values, but also thick versus thin paint, bright versus muted color, sharp versus disappearing edges, and detailed versus blurry areas. With linen I find it easier to lay on the impasto in the light areas, which makes the light seem brighter. Also easier to paint a sharp edge or details such as the ear or the shadow under the eyelid. I sometimes use ultra-smooth portrait grade canvas, which works just as well as linen. Haven't had much success with board, which for me is too smooth to use for alla prima painting.

Charles & Mike - your work is top-notch. Really nice pieces.
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Re: The Portrait Gallery, June, 2005

So in the figure forum they are doing a virtual life class, and Mr Rimbauds Shop is the model at the moment. Here is my black and white figure study, done with oils on acrylic primed 300lb watercolour paper 22x30 inches.
Not so keen on this as I can see lots of mistakes...so this might just be me finding my way and attempting another later with hopefully better results.
Link to thread: http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/show...hreadid=274127

And the pic:


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My teacher likes to see strong contrasts - not just in values, but also thick versus thin paint, bright versus muted color, sharp versus disappearing edges, and detailed versus blurry areas.

Sounds like a great teacher! Thanks for explaining about the linen. I use the portrait grade canvas myself, so I might as well stick with it if it's properties aren't much different than the linen.

Mark, thanks for the link - interesting stuff! This looks a little more toward realism than I've seen from you so far. But it still has telltale Mark Malone brush strokes on it!

Here is my new WIP. This was the background before I scraped it off with a palette knife . That's what I love about oils. You don't like it? You scrape it off.

Hmm, for some reason I can't upload this image. It keeps telling me "POST requests from foreign hosts are not allowed." Couldn't attach it either. I'll try again later.
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Re: The Portrait Gallery, June, 2005

Mark, this is more towards realism than I've seen you post so far, and I like the way you are going. There are a few brushstrokes still showing, but this a looking great. Thanks so much for posting.

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