Oil on canvas panel
11" x 14"
I've adjusted the colours and refined the shapes and added some colour to the shirt, that may need a little more work before signing. Right now, its going to sit for a week to dry and look at my from across the studio while I contemplate any last alterations before its final and hands off.
Here's a closer view of brush strokes and colours. As usual, my photography skills and photoediting as well as computer monitor colour limitations detract from the original. I so wish there were a way to get a true representation of a painting online. Or maybe its just my inability to do so well. In reality, the portrait is warmer in value. I may take the painting outside shortly and see if I can get a truer representation of colour.
I really enjoyed working on this portrait and Gary's working on mine which is quite fascinating to watch unfold. I love seeing how other artists work, its like peeking over their shoulder in their studio and is always such a privilege to do so. Do visit Gary's blog and watch his progress, you won't be disappointed.
It is always a challenge to work from a photograph and not have even brief access to the person in real life. The combination of the two, especially in portraiture, provides a wealth of knowledge visually that a photo can never reveal, both in skin tone and in personality, that are vital to making a painting work well.