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Lois Lane…

Lois Lane, Oil on board, 39cm x 35cm

Lois Lane, Oil on board, 39cm x 35cm

This portrait was done in one session, although initially I had left  a plain background.  At home and looking at how I had captured the model, I just kept thinking of Lois Lane.  So it was time to have a bit of fun and play with that background. The articles about Superman seemed to fit in.   

Latest Portrait 2: Alla Prima, Kristian

Alla Prima:  Kristian, Oil on board, 40cm x 39cm

Alla Prima: Kristian, Oil on board, 40cm x 39cm

Completed just yesterday in one sitting, this Alla Prima portrait of Kristian was quite exciting to paint.  Kristian is a dancer and had great features and given his background I wanted to play with colours for a more theatrical look.  Hopefully he will model for us again.
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Portraiture…the “extreme sport” of art!

On a number of occasions over these past few months, at various times, it has struck me the high degree of challenge there is in portraiture, particularly in aiming to capture the likeness of an individual.  Surely portraiture is the “extreme sport” of art because of that challenge. 

A few examples which have set me thinking…  Driving in traffic up from the Spit Bridge towards Mosman, I happened to briefly glimpse to the right of me, and in the time it took me to glance back to my daughter I commented that the person in the car that had just past us looked like a friend of ours.  All I had seen was the briefest glimpse of a silhouette, I didn’t recognise the car, and sure enough my daughter confirmed that they were subsequently waving to us.  Likewise waiting with a friend at Canberra airport recently to meet another friend for a reunion, as we sat in the lounge watching the passengers disembark we happened to notice “someone’s arm pulling on a jacket” and in that one gesture we knew it was our friend.  

Then today…visiting a couple of artist friends (Rhonda Meryl-White and Masako Gordon), amongst many topics covered over lunch we were then looking at some images on the computer when a close up of one eye only was shown on the screen, I immediately identified the model.   Our power of recognition from even the smallest amount of information amazes me.  It’s actually quite daunting if you think about it too much however I also find it quite fascinating and part of the thrill of portraiture in getting that likeness.

First “Alla Prima” portrait painting…

Inspired by Richard Schmid’s “Alla Prima” book I have recently been reading, this week in portrait classes with Nafisa I challenged myself to begin and complete (as best possible in the timeframe) my first alla prima portrait painting in that session.  As we are about to go away on holidays, I had only one week with this particular model so it was a perfect opportunity. 

It was the first time we had had Andrew as a model and he was great to work with.   A very professional model, strong yet with a gentle soul.    For a first of this type of painting, I was very happy with the outcome. The fact that I had been able to achieve a reasonable likeness in a relatively short space in time and to finish in itself was exciting.   (I did do a little bit more the next day in my studio, in better light I could see a couple of adjustments that needed to be made however in essence the work was completed).   On viewing my painting, Andrew commented he thought there is the way we see ourselves, the way others see us and then there is the way we hope others may see us.  In my painting, Andrew thought I had captured how he would like others to see him and I sense that was the strength of his features yet with the gentleness and peacefulness that is very much part of who he is.   A great session.   Thanks Andrew!