Portrait painting can be tedious and labored while in the process of engineering a likeness that captures the subject's essence of soul, spirit and personality.
It helps me to know the person because I can better connect to the personality that I know.
Years ago I painted with oils and the blending produced beautiful results. However changing to Acrylics, I had to learn new techniques and taught myself through trial and error.
Acrylic painted on canvas looks one color while wet and seems to change when they dry. This causes me endless frustration. Lighting is also a factor. Going back and finishing a face and matching skin tones, etc may require a whole makeover!
I sketch the preliminary on the canvas with my paint brush using a photographed image. The beginning of most of my portraits look nothing like the final product. I love painting in the eyes before I finish the sketched in nose, mouth, hairline and chin. The eyes are truly the lights to the soul.
The advice I would give to a beginner is to not give up!!! Practice, practice, PRACTICE!
Her Story Portraits
My latest work is a series of portraits that are a collection of "Important women in history"
Most of history is about the great men who changed the world, hence "History is about "HIS Story"
Now it is time for "HERStory”. So this portrait series is "Her Story"
I began painting this series 6/2018, each finished piece is presently hung on the "Her Story Wall" in my dining room
9/2018 six portraits are completed accompanied by a framed story. (working on #7)
My goal is to display and sell these portraits together.
Each portrait is
12 X 16 Acrylic on Canvas
with a separate framed description.