"Paintings have a life of their own that derives from the painter's soul." Vincent Van Gogh

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Portrait Practice

Alla prima today 20x16 oil on linen. Done from a photo of artist Peter Leventhal. I saw the photo and was compelled to try and paint him. Earlier this week Iwas studying portraits by Paul Cezanne, Camille Pissaro and Corot and noticed how fearlessly they used big value shifts. I attempted to do that in this portrait.


  1. Amazing Susan! Love this-strong and confident!

  2. I know nothing about oils - technique or critique, but i know i like this painting! And he reminds me of an old skiing and dental school buddy. [Tom is a "righteous dude"!]

  3. Je vous félicite ma chère Susan pour ce merveilleux portrait. La grande profondeur dans son regard me sensibilise. Une touche fantastique...
    gros bisous

  4. One of your best portraits so far, awesome,Susan

  5. Hi Susan.
    It`s a long time away from your blog, sorry. No excuses my friend. Your portraits are brilliant. Please paint some more. All the best Susan.

  6. I am so glad you like it, Kathy - I do think that portraits are my favorites! Or maybe figurative is my favorite - oh, gosh, I love painting animals - LOL - they are all my favorites!
    Hi, Kathryn - you made me laugh - glad you like it!
    Thank you so much, MartineAlison - merci beaucoups!
    Wow - thanks, David - that really means a lot to me coming from you.
    Welcome back, Vic - its so nice to see you here. Your wish is my command as I did another portrait today! :)


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