Monday, April 4, 2011

Royalty


My friend Barbara Noonan, who paints fantastic portraits, allowed me to practice with her photographs. Now, you have to understand, she is also a fine photographer, so this was quite a boon! This is one of her pics. I loved her stance, like a princess, her beautiful curls, and those eyes. I don't know that I did this beauty any real justice, but I am having a blast painting portraits. It's on Canva-Paper, so another miniature oil painting look alike.

For now I'm not offering these for sale, but I may soon. I'm becoming more confident with practice. That's the idea, after all. I'd love to know what you think, if there are any "yous" out there looking in...

NFS

3 comments:

  1. I've been enjoying your portraits (but I enjoy all of your work). Can I ask you what you generally use for flesh tones? This is an area I really struggle with.

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  2. Mike, sorry it's taken me so long to respond! Thank you so much. Glad to know you like my work. I guess because I've come to portraits via landscapes, and as a teacher who has pushed the idea of values over colors, I really never thought about the pigments I'm using. Skin isn't any one color. I use a lot of different pigments, which I outlined, along with a photograph of my palette in this post on WetCanvas: http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showpost.php?p=13726606&postcount=42 I hope that's helpful!

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  3. Thanks! I just saw your answer at WC. It was very helpful.

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