Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Exercise: Two Hour Portrait: Old Man
I posted this larger so that you can see the brush strokes. It is acrylic, 8 x 10 inches on stretched canvas. It was done in 2 hours. Portraits can easily be overworked. I wanted to limit my time so that could not occur. Yes, I am guilty of overworking, just like many of you. It is quite easy to keep changing and changing, but after a point the freshness is gone. I am not a professional portrait painter, but I do enjoy painting people with character evident on their faces. I also love brush stroke. When I paint, I want the brush stroke to show. I do not want it to look like my colored pencil paintings, which are very realistic. The smallest brush I used was a # 7 old, frayed. round. I also used a 1/4 and a 1/2 inch flat brush. The flats help to define the planes, the round makes the lines.