Here's my oil painting of Will Young for this week's Portrait Artist of the Week Challenge. It was just awesome painting along with the SkyTV live stream. Artist Christian Hook was this week's painter and the conversation between these two was riveting - and funny.
It was the first time I painted a portrait from the computer screen, as the subject talked (and moved a bit). 'Getting to know' Will, as he spoke about his life, must have influenced my painting of him - certainly different than painting from a photo. I did not use Christian's technique, I painted as I do, but watching his piece progress was very educational.
The live weekly challenge is on the SkyTV facebook page every Sunday morning. Then it replays all week. Cheers.: )
Gestural lines made with charcoal pencil is how this painting started. Then I flooded in a colourful deep background to contrast the light pinks of the flowers. These two flowery friends have been inseperable. : )
SOLD 5x7" original - watercolour and charcoal pencil. This little hedgehog is trying to escape. Or that's what I thought... Turns out he was on his way to his new home. He was purchased as soon as I posted him on Instagram! And I found the perfect purple frame for him, to match his pink belly. ; )
$100 - 8x10" original watercolour painting on paper.
Here's my contribution to week 3 of the skyTV Portrait Artist of the Week Challenge. I tried to capture the lovely smile of the photographer Rankin. It was so nice to get back to watercolours. Hmm... jumping back and forth between oil and watercolour enhances my skill at both but, at the end of the day my first love, watercolour, will always be my preferred medium!
8x8" original oil painting on panel with 1"deep painted sides.
Here's my portrait of the beautiful colourful Bernardine Evaristo for the second week of the Portrait Artist of the Week Challenge. She's the writer of Girl, Woman, Other which won the Booker in 2019. SkyTV is continuing the Portrait Artist Challenge and now, everyone can join in on the fun every Sunday (uk time) over on Facebook. She sat staring at the computer and talking to the host for 4 hours (while thousands of people painted her), including this week's artist that skyTV chose. So... 3 screens happening for the show! So fun!
$60 - 6x6" oil painting with painted sides to match background. I used the awesome Sktchy App to find this lovely model's photo. I changed her earrings, which were big white distracting shells, and made them feather earrings. Remember those? I just thought they'd suit her 'look'. : )
$40 - 5x5" oil painting on 1" deep panel with painted sides.
I drew a sketch for this sky study first (below) however, painting with oil is such a different experience than drawing with pencil that I'm not are how much the drawing 'helped'. Besides, I strayed quite far from the sketch composition. Having said that, I do intend to keep doing sketches first. ; )