Thursday, January 19, 2012

Steve Jobs portrait

Today everything is snowed in, so I'm working from home. While I was on a conference call, I made this portrait of Steve Jobs from this photo. I was inspired by this portrait by Barbara Luel.

JKPP Carolyn Pappas

I started this painting by making the basic outlines in light blue with a brush. It's light enough that I can make corrections later. I think this gives me a little more freedom. From this photo of Carolyn Pappas.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

JKPP Roderick again

This is my second attempt to paint this marvelous photo of Roderick. This is the largest portrait I've done yet...probably 15" by 20" for the whole painting. I like the way the face came out, especially since I didn't use pencil to draw the face, but I started right in with a light cobalt blue painting of the face and hat. Then I added washes of cadmium yellow, winsor red and ultramarine to define the face.

Friday, January 13, 2012

House Post at the Seattle Art Museum

Today was my son Guy's birthday, and to celebrate we took the ferry to Seattle to visit the Seattle Art Museum. The Northwest native American art exhibit there is excellent. This is a Kwakwaks'wakw house post ca. 1800. The carvings are massive and deeply incised, giving it great power. The age of the pole shows in the dark fissures and missing areas.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

JKPP Roderick

My son Guy gave me an easel for Christmas and I tried it out with this portrait. The easel makes everything different because I hold my brushes differently and I have a different perspective on the painting. So much better! Thanks, Guy.

This portrait is taken from this photo.

Saturday, January 07, 2012

Two paintings of Luli

I did two paintings of this photo of Luligirl for Julia Kay's Portrait Party. I wasn't satisfied with the first one, below, so I did it again. This time I got the proportions better and did a little better with lights and darks.