Two more sessions should see this painting complete. I seem to have created a bit of a worried expression on her face which I will need to address at the next stage. I'm also going to add some cushion patterns and do a bit more work on the background colour. I'll post the completed painting in due course.
Just spent a fantastic weekend painting this young lady - how lucky am I to find a life model as paintable as this. Day one was the drawing, followed by a grisaille using acrylics and finally a few scrubbed in cushions in oils. Day two started with the addition of some shadow glazes on the cushions and background, followed by oils over the body.
There is still lots to do, but not until this first layer of oils dries. I'll post each stage as I work on it.
Just remember you gentlemen out there that the model will be reading this post, and she is not a shrinking violet so any smutty comments will no doubt receive the response they deserve!
I really like some of the 1st world war portraits that grace many of out country homes. The colours are often muted and khaki-like with the paint added in blocks of impasto. So I decided, whilst doing this picture in a workshop demo to give it a go.
So far I've spent about 2hrs on this one and there is still some distance to go as I need to build up the lightness of the flesh and darken the side of the face more with a glaze - probably raw umber and alizarin crimson.
The picture is of my chum Flight Lieutenant Des Pickering who is a jolly good sport, former Eaton Prefect and connoisseur of the landed gentleman's pastime of angling.
Actually Des is my fishing mate who has recently taken up painting with me and is proving to be a bit of a dab hand old boy! Watch this space and bombs away!
I'm currently working on a commission of a Neuropsychologist (hope I've spelt that right), and it is a biggie (6ft high). It is going to take some time so, as I always do, I work on a couple of my own paintings as fillers.
The picture below of Cathy is one I started 10 years ago (never work with kids, animals and ..... wives). There is still some work to do but basically I have updated the original pic by overpainting her current top and leopard print pyjamas.
Since starting the picture I have always been bothered by her left hand which sat awkwardly behind the book, now I've decided to bring it forward to hold the book and it is definitely getting better.
I'll post the finished painting in due course. It was really tricky to do because I've had to make a fair bit up given it was impossible to accurately mimic the original pose.
Trying to make my mind up about if I dare add ten years more age to the face - thoughts please, and keep them clean (Des).
“I just wanted to email you both to say thank you for a wonderful 3 days at your Portrait workshop. Thank you Mike for sharing your know-how and vast knowledge. I learnt so much from your workshop, and I cracked on with the Portraits as soon as I got home, because I didn’t want to forget anything you had taught me. I deeply appreciated our little talk at the end of the course, I have never received such encouragement. Thanks again ..”