This is a study for a larger piece. I have a member's show I participate in and the painting is due on Wednesday. Entering something new always gets more interest but I don't know if I can pull something together at this late date.
Last edit unless I look at it too much. On the photo references he had a smile that doesn't show in my first painting below. Sometimes it is just a subtle change. Finding that is like looking through those pictures where you have to find the changes. I imagine that artists who work on portraits constantly could figure it out the first time.
This is a rough in for another portrait of Connor painted from my photo references. I started with a ground of burnt sienna after which I painted alla prima into that.
I painted this as a demo the day before the painting at lunch ala art. I painted from a still life set up. Carroll and I teach a class at the local art center. We did this as the demo, with Carroll painting an oil while I painted in watercolor.
This is a study for a larger painting. I think I may have to make changes to the background, maybe use one of spectators. Also may need to put in part of the obstacle or whatever they call it that they jump over.
This started as a plein air painting and I wiped off the top portion. I took pictures for studio work. I knew this was challenging and painting plein air helps me see things that the camera does not pick up. The rocks under water was my main challenge.
Plein air painting on the shores of the Mississippi River. I ended up with spiders in the easel, because I had set up on the rocks. The advantages of plein air are so worth it as you see things that the camera cannot capture.
Yesterday the Fort Madison Art Center had their monthly Lunch ala Art. Lunch is catered in and they invite the artist from the current monthly exhibit to give a talk. October they had the Iowa Watercolor Society exhibit. They did not have anyone who was in the show to talk. I had been in the show in the past and volunteered to do a watercolor demo. This is the finished demo, after I took it home and tweaked it some.
Final portrait. This was from photo references. I did not take the photos from the same angle as he posed so this was a little guess work.
The SouthEast Iowa Artists' Studio Tour was this weekend. I participated at the local art center with portrait demos. This was one of the models I managed to paint in an hour and a half. I need to work on it some more but feel that I have captured his likeness well.
This was painted starting with a ground of burnt sienna and a little bit of ultramarine. I then wiped off my highlights and painted alla prima. Limited palette of ultramarine, burnt sienna, cerulean, cad. red, cad. yellow and white.