Monday, September 30, 2013
Portrait swap - Gary Everest
Earlier in the summer, friend, portrait artist and fellow blogger, Gary Everest and I decided, at my suggest I might add...yes, me who paints fish and water, to do a portrait swap of each other. It never was intended to be a physical swap of portraits, but like Topsy, it grew and grew.
In August I sent the portrait I painted of Gary winging its way to Honolulu to bask in the sun. Today, Gary's portrait of me arrived to spend its life in a northern climate. I checked the box, it didn't bring a sweater with it. Not that it needed it today, it was 24C here today! The life in the skin tones and eyes is lovely in this portrait and really can't be seen in a photo on a computer screen. If you're in my studio, ask to see Gary's portrait of me so you can see the colours and values for yourself.
Gary's ability at portraiture is apparent and while I didn't try to turn him into a fish, I'm sure the aquatic colouring in my portrait of him crept in there despite my best efforts. :) Mine was loose and impressionistic, reflecting those colours and light in the Hawaiian landscape that he's lucky enough to live in.
Thanks Gary for a beautiful painting that I shall treasure. Of course, I had my hair cut since the image was sent but its me! I'd strongly suggest that you visit Gary's blog and take some time to explore his portraits, they are beautiful and full of life.
Would I do a portrait swap again? In a heartbeat, it was interesting, fun to push my work outside my usual comfort zone but without stress because it wasn't a paid commission.