During the Covid era, Bridget Wolk offered a 3 day workshop on portraits on Zoom.com. The model was Meliza. We worked on planes of the face and hair, shapes, shadows, light and more.
This was a favorite site near my hometown. The rough water made it an appealing place to chill out. It was perhaps “meditative.” And the view is unchanged…even over 60 years. Oil on canvas board, 11×14″.
Dennis was on a first bus ride somewhere in Ohio. This was painted from an old photo from 1979. Ability to mix accurate colors has been a most useful learned process.
Version 1 of Christina sold at the Gallery. This Version 2 may be better. From a 1913 very early color photograph, by her father in England.
On Sucia Island in the San Juan Islands, Washington.
From a photo I took on Lake Superior, on the North Coast of Minnesota. I just happened to capture some rock climbing. It was a good place to practice my intense dark values as well.
A second Club member, Scott Hardy, won an MG portrait in our Silent Auction last Christmas.
On Fidalgo Island, there is an island on Lake Campbell. This “island on an island” fact was included in the Guinness World of Records. It remains one our favorite sights in Anacortes. This view was captured at Sue Trulson’s home on the lake.
John Singer Sargent is an artist favorite for his loose style and attention to proper values while using a limited pallet. I painted this copy of his image and found it very useful for my development. Sargent’s portraits are even better known so I’ll have to copy one of them too.
The solemn look on Sadira was unusual but the image allowed me to employ techniques taught by Mark Carder in Austin. My attention was to color, with the color checker device, and value levels. Details were sought and applied not so much with tiny brushes but with appropriate values.