Friday, July 17, 2009

"Man In Blue"



















6 X 6 oil on masonite SOLD

Here's this month's submission for
Karin Jurick's DSFDF.
This man has such a great face...makes me wonder
what he's thinking. I've been wanting to do an
African-American portrait because the skin tones are so
wonderfully warm and complex and this exercise has
whet that appetite even more. It was so nice to use deep
magentas, purples, blues, greens and all sorts of reds.

Aw...Rats! I saved the reference last week and painted
without rereading her post. Now I see it was supposed to be
all about the figure. Too late. Kinda hard to show the figure
in a head & shoulders view. As self-discipline (punishment) I
will do some excruciatingly hard figure drawing to make up
for it and hope Karin isn't rolling her eyes too much at my lack
of attention span! I seem to remember being the
spacey little
kid drawing a squirrel outside the window when the class was
supposed to be drawing flowers in a vase. Bad habits die hard!

41 comments:

Edward Burton said...

GREAT job, Gwen! Beautiful handling of the subject - wonderful face.

Sally McLean said...

A great portrait Gwen! I love the colours in the skin of African Americans as well and hope to one day do such a portrait.

The Bull said...

Wonderful job on this Gwen! He does have an interesting expression on his face now doesn't he!

Cathyann said...

Nice job, Gwen! I like the crop.The cool blue green in the shirt is the perfect compliment for the warmer fleshtones.

Diana Marshall said...

One wonders what he's thinking! Beautifully done painting, love the folds and creases in his shirt and interesting portrait of his face.

Dana Cooper Fine Art said...

Stunning Gwen! Your crop made the gaze very interesting, and I like the simplicity of strokes in the shirt.
I enlarged it to see the color and strokes in the face, well done!

Sharon Hodges said...

Gwen, very nice job on this man. I saw the photo for this DSFDF project, and I do believe you nailed it!

Michelle said...

Wow, nice job Gwen! The skin tones are great and I love the folds in the fabric.

http://www.onpainting.wordpress.com said...

Wow - love the handling of the shirt and the head. Great piece, Gwen.

Jill Berry said...

Amazing color harmonies going on in there, Gwen.
Nice repetition in colors but great variations within them as well.
Surprising how you even got his face to show up on such a similar color.
Great job!

James Whitehurst said...

Looks Great Gwen, I like the way you cropped it. Much more interesting to me.

Angela Elledge said...

So, so beautiful, I love everything about this, especially the fact that you cropped it without showing the whole figure...I did the same thing, too...I love that I"m in such good company...birds of a feather...

I remember in 6th grade ( a long time ago, sigh) playing an outfield position and I was amazed at the clouds that afternoon, I apparently let the ball roll right past me and the teacher was none too happy with me. As he or she was letting me have it, all I could think was, "I feel so sorry for you, you're missing the clouds" ;-)

L.Holm said...

You've indicated enough of the figure! I adore the more intimate cropping. This is a terrific painting. Great color analysis, and you have great warmth and variety in the skin tones. excellent!

Barbara M. said...

Hi Gwen,

This is beautiful, fantastically painted portrait, and the figure plays a role. I absolutely love the face, the mood and the shirt. The spacey kid doing the different thing is the real artist. So give yourself a break.

xoxoxoxox

Barbara

Dean H. said...

An excellent job on his portrait! Highly recognizable. Great color selection on the skin.

Jala Pfaff said...

I bet your squirrel drawing was more interesting than the other kids' flowers.
This is beautiful!

Mark Bridges said...

You're not alone gaing out that window. My neighbor was hand feeding a squirrel cheetos.

Sandra Galda said...

Impressive portrait work, Very sure brushwork makes it look great!

Chuck Dilmore said...

beautiful work, Gwen!

Catherine Jeffrey said...

Hi Gwen
Thanks for stopping by and visiting my blog. I was looking at this weeks challenge and wondering how to do it. I think you did a great job. I like the cropping and also the way the colors of the face complement the colors of the wall.

Carol Horzempa said...

Gwen, I have to laugh because I did the same thing, then read that it's suppose to be a figurative painting. I guess I'm a spacey artist too.

You really did an awesome job and got a great likeness of the old gentleman. Beautiful portrait!

Paintings by Irit Bourla said...

A great portrait and I like the way you crop it.
This is my first visit in your Blog and I will visit again.
Happy painting, Irit

Claire said...

I think you really captured a perfect likeness, and your crop is wonderful! Rules were made to be broken...

Kristen Reitz-Green said...

I love how flawless this portrait looks. Beautiful job in capturing just the right details!

Chartan said...

Excellent portrait! Very painterly.

Call me aRt. said...

I can relate to the spacey kid thing... even now. The first DSFDF challenge I did (upside down walker), I worked on it SO hard, only to realize when about to send it that I was over 2 weeks late. Doh!

You got a great painting out of it. Nice job!

Dewberry Fine Art said...

Wow Gwen, really nice and all of it in 36sq. inches. You really captured his espression.

Karen Bruson said...

Great portrait. Love the close up.

Priti said...

Nice crop Gwen, and great skin tones and shirt color.

Dena said...

Very nicely done! Great values and color.

Ann Painter said...

Gwen, a wonderful interpretation of Karin's recent challenge. I love how you captured the weight and girth of the man, as well as his age as expressed in his face.

Dean Grey said...

Nice job on this one, Gwen!

Browns and blues are one of my favorite color combinations!

-Dean

laurens.paint.palette said...

Very nice job! So smooth and clean looking!

Jim Remiyac said...

Nice work on this challenge. Your paintings always get my attention.

Riad said...

Hi Gwen,,
Beautiful portrait,nice close up and nice colors too.I love it.

Camille LaRue Olsen said...

Hi Gwen, I think "painting the figure" can be loosely interpreted to mean anything from a head to a full body. Figurative painting as opposed to landscape or still-life. So as far as I'm concerned, you filled the bill! And you sure did it beautifully, I love this version. If I do it I'm sure I'll crop it at least this small myself. High five, missie!

Stephen Parker said...

Gwen, you did a wonderful job capturing the expression and character of this gentleman. Your site is full of terrific work.

Pattie Wall said...

I like everything about this one, Gwen. The colors are nice and vibrant. The crop is wonderful! You can still see the slump or slouch in his posture. Luv it!

Ann Rogers said...

Are you kidding about the cropping...it doesn't get any better than this! Your colors and fluid strokes are A+...great entry!

Maggie Mayer said...

my favorite Gwen!

dominique eichi said...

VERY NICE !