Monday, January 14, 2013
During my college years I was asked by a friend to create a portrait of his dear grandfather. I remembered the family was thrilled at the result (pencil portrait above, 1982) because this gentleman was a devout Catholic who attended Mass daily and the nuns all LOVED the portrait. That made me smile.
Now on to painting portraits with oils. That's a whole different ballgame for me and a huge challenge. I have been blessed to be part of a portrait painting group for about ten years now that is full of learning and fellowship. Often, I have many "scrapers" but this one posted above was a keeper for me. I felt the model was in a very reflective state of mind and I am hopeful I captured her emotion.