Self Portrait, March 2015

May 14, 2016

I'm pleased to announce that my painting, Self Portrait, March 2015 will be included in Novas Històries, Ohio Art League 2016 Spring Juried Exhibition at Urban Arts Space in Columbus, Ohio. The show will run from May 24 - July 9, 2016.

 

 

 

 

I'm honored to be included, and thought it would be nice to share some of the process that went into this painting.

 

 

This photo shows some of my set up, near the final phases of the painting. I was working on a drawing horse, with a mirror on an easel in front of me.

 

The fist stage was to make a careful drawing and a small color study. I used the drawing to make an oil transfer onto my panel, and the color study is a helpful reminder throughout the painting - with a glance I can reference the larger color and value relationships in the painting. One thing I learned though- as you can see above, my drawing was highly resolved in the features, and fairly resolved in the hair, but the clothing was only loosely indicated. I did that thinking that I would be comfortable making the drawing of the clothing on the painting itself- plus I was feeling indecisive about the clothing choice. I have to say, it's worth making those decisions in the drawing phase. It was much more difficult to come up with something I liked once I was working in paint.

 I worked across the face, doing my best to finish as I went- not going back into areas I had already painted. This part of the painting is so engrossing, it feels like magic as features start to look more life-like. In the photo above, you can see the light monochromatic underpainting where it meets the finished color painting.

 Here the face is finished, with only loose underpainting in the hair.

 

 Here is an extreme close up of one eye.

 The finished painting is 12" x 16", oil on panel.

 

If you find yourself in Columbus, Ohio between May 24th and July 9th, come see the painting at Urban Arts Space!

 

Here are links to more information about the show and the Ohio Art League:

https://uas.osu.edu/exhibitions/novas-hist%C3%B2ries-ohio-art-league-2016-spring-juried-exhibition

http://www.oal.org/

 

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