"A Man Without Artifice," Oil on Canvas. 18x24. Reference: My Own. Zorn Palette of Yellow Ocre, Red, White and Black.
Sunday, April 10, 2016
On My Easel: "Untitled," Oil on Canvas. 18x24. Worked on the clothing and background. There is a lot of work left on the eyes. Not the best photo as it was taken after dark and the camera picked up some blotchy spots that are on in the painting at all.
Sunday, April 3, 2016
On My Easel: "Untitled," Oil on Canvas. 18x24. Today's progress... I worked on blocking color in the background and spent most of my time on the face. I have to straighten the eyes and work in that area then work on the clothing which I really didn't touch except to put a color note of the red logo on the T-shirt. I decided to do this portrait in the famed "Zorn" palette although I am certain Zorn used a larger selection of colors than what I used - Yellow Ochre, Cadmium Red Deep (following Aaron Westerberg's article), Titanium White and Ivory Black. At first the limited palette was frustrating but it is really interesting to stretch oneself and try to get as many color variations as one can from these four paints.
Saturday, April 2, 2016
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Monday, March 28, 2016
"Saudade," Oil on Canvas. 18x24. My own reference. My model is my muse. Saudade is a Portuguese word for profound melancholic longing for someone or something that may never return. Such absence of The Desired fills one with an overwhelming feeling of incompleteness. Where Saudade is the absence of The Desired, the Portuguese use the word in terms of wanting to rid themselves of it and be in the presence of The Desired again. My model had that type of longing in her eyes and I wanted to capture that deep felt angst in my portrait.