Professor Peter Higgs - oil on masonite 8x10
Marie Curie - oil on canvas 8x8
Dr. Francis Crick - oil on canvas 14x11
Ballerinas have been giving me some trouble lately so I am taking a break for a while. And so I busied myself by doing a a few quick portrait studies of prize winning physicists - just for fun! Professor Peter Higgs is a British scientist known for developing a theory that gravity is carried by a subatomic particle - and the CERN reactor experiments are now geared toward trying to find this particle to prove him right. As you may have suspected, I am fascinated by this! The portrait of Marie Curie and was done from a small black and white photo. I really don't think her hair was red but it very definitely is in my portrait. She was the first woman to win a Noble Prize and the only woman to have won 2 Nobel Prizes in 2 different categories - physics and chemistry. And last is Nobel Prize winner Dr. Francis Crick one of the scientists to discover the famous double helix structure of DNA. I actually had the honor of working with Dr. Crick for a short time several years ago when he was in his 80's and still working at the Salk Institute in San Diego.
I have also been attending Thursday morning life drawing sessions. The following 3 selections are all ebony on newsprint, about 40 minutes each. I am most pleased with the final reclining piece. Looking at them here makes me aware that I need to work on shading and values.
Thank you all for taking a look! :)
Susan, I really like your style and your drawings!ReplyDelete
Thanks you, Maike. I love life drawing - there is nothing equal to having the subject in front of you and trying to capture all the nuances of light and form. My last session is this Thursday and I will surely miss going.Delete
Is it wrong that my favorite part is the alphabet letters behind Prof Higgs??? Nice touch.ReplyDelete
I like it all and yes a bit more force on those darks at figure drawing class would be an improvement.
Susan, lovely work as always!
Thanks for your encouragement! I missed a class as I had to do some traveling and it was like starting from scratch again!Delete
Susan, I love the portraits of Higgs and Crick. I am also fascinated by the work being done in quantum physics and cosmology. WOW ... you worked with Francis Crick??? Very cool!ReplyDelete
Hi, Kathryn - I read everything to do with quantum physics that I can get my hands on! That is, everything that is written for the lay person! I also had the extreme honor of working with Dr, George Palade - the Nobel Prize winning Father of Microbiology! I have yet to do a successful portrait of Dr. Palade :(.Delete
Many thanks, Maike - I really love life drawing and wish I could do more of it.ReplyDelete
Hi, Susan - I appreciate your thoughts! I wanted Professor Higgs to be in front of his blackboard - thanks for noticing.
Hi, Kathryn, it was a great experience for me!
What and interesting post. I'm totally in awe of someone who can produce three quick portraits like these - so full of character. Totally brilliant.ReplyDelete
The drawings have a wow factor too - remember I can only go in straight lines...tea towels notwithstanding
Incidentally, the company I was running in Somerset UK, designed a lot of the (trace) heating for the particle accelerator at CERN.
Thanks so much for your kind comments, John. You are a wizard at pen and ink so I do appreciate and value your opinion. What a thrill for youto be associated with the particle accelerator. I am awaiting the news on the Higgs Boson with bated breath!Delete
You painted some important people here , and you did it wonderfully, I wish I could make oil portraits like this in 'quick portrait studies'...to me it takes ages, and the result is never like this :-(( The sketches are fabulous, what a hand!ReplyDelete
Thanks so much, Jane. I love doing portraits - its always a thrill to capture a likeness. I found it takes lots and lots and lots of practice - and then more practice!Delete
Ciao, wonderful portraits, they have life and thoughts and is very interesting that you choose such people! They are speaking and explaining their theories to everybody looks their faces!ReplyDelete
Anyway I hope you reconcile fast with ballerinas because I find your subjects fantastic!
Ciao, ciao, Floriana
Many thanks, Floriana. My ballerinas seen to have all gone on vacation at once and I have moved on to other thigns. Perhaps they will come back - I will have to wait and see - lol!Delete
Fantastic work, Susan. I especially love the first one..Professor Peter Higgs!! The brush work is wonderful. I hope to see the ballerina's soon!! I'm hooked.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Hilda - I like the cropped composition of Dr. Higgs. I just stopped by your bog and was quite impressed with your mother/child portrait. Its so very sensitive.Delete
Amazing portraits and fabulous sketches! I like red haired Marie Curie!ReplyDelete
Thank you, Judy! :)Delete
Can't access your latest post, Susan - it says the page doesn't existReplyDelete
Wow! Fantabulous work! That top portrait is absolutely perfect! I like the soft pink that you added. Wonderful job.ReplyDelete
Many thanks, Nora. I so love doing portraits.Delete
Nice portraits-Marie Curie is my favorite but all 3 are super. It's wonderful to see your life drawings. I think life drawing is so challenging. All three have a sensitivity to them.ReplyDelete
Thanks for your comments, Stephanie. There is nothing quite like the immediate thrill of life drawing. I wish I could do it every day!Delete
Very beautiful portraits, wonderful job, :)ReplyDelete
The sketches are very nice, congratulations.
Thank you so much, Mari Jose - your words are greatly appreciated!Delete