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

Friday, November 18, 2011

Life Class Oil Portrait

I struggled in life portrait class today. I like the upper half of Ron's face but the value structure in the neck and lower jaw eluded me. I need much much more practise in observing from life and interpreting observation into color and value. The instructor Alison Harris advises me to push my darks and I quite agree with her. I actually felt more comfortable painting today than I have in along time so there is hope yet! And I am quite happy with the likeness as well. No class next week because of the holiday and then figure drawing the following week. I can't wait!


  1. This really is exciting stuff Susan and although you are new to working from life you make it look like you are an experienced hand and have been at it for ages.


  2. Oh thank you, Dave - it was a true learning experience. I had to throw all my tried and true concepts out the window in order to do this in about 2 1/2 hours. Raeding that book recently on direct painting was supposed to help - but I am not sure it did! Thanks for your kind words. Next week is a break from class for Thanksgiving and then we are back to drawing the full figure from life. I only had one shot at the portrait!


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