Thursday, December 31, 2009

recent studies

Figure study after the work of Christina Grace Mastrangelo, who's a student at the NYC Art Academy. She is probably no more than 20 years of age and already paints masterfully! Viewing her work and that of her fellow students on the ARC site was extremely uplifting and I'm happy that their talent got acknowledged and they were awarded a scolarship. The purpose of this quick study for me was to examine the shifts of form. I feel terribly disandvantaged by the fact that I can't find a single life painting workshop around here. This is 30x40cm oil on canvas.

Reference by Patrick Hedges from the WC reference image library, 30x40cm oil on canvas

20x25cm grisaille glazing experiment from the WC portrait challenge.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

still life color study

I painted this from life with lesser emphasis on composition and accuracy, focus on color. 30x40cm oil on canvas

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

recent charcoal/graphite exercises

Sofi's commission

Sofi is a popular Israeli actress and a TV star who commissioned me to paint a surprise birthday portrait for her sister, featuring her brother in law and nephews. The problem was that she didn't have any photographs of them together or separately that were either sharp or decently lit. Well, since it was supposed to be a surprise portrait, we needed to work something out! Here she is with the unfinished portrait, very happy with the way it is turning.

P.S. Sofi is beautiful! Who knows, maybe I will paint her some day.