Monday, January 12, 2015


I just had the most fun week painting a portrait of one of my grandsons - Henry. I was inspired to try portrait painting again by my friend and fellow new artist, Jim. Jim has been painting up a storm for the past year and showed me some portraits he has been doing. Very cool! I thought - I did a portrait of my mom in 2012 - Maybe I should see if I can do one in acrylics.

I started with a photo I had taken last June - at school on Grandparents Day

On January 6, I made a sketch which I hoped had the right proportions and shape. It turned out that the arms were too small - but I think that is because the head kept getting larger than my plan.

I then roughed in the colours. Exciting. Light is going to come in from the right back.

 I got a little over enthusiastic with the colours. I honestly didn't know what colours to use.

And finally finished it on January 12. I ended up using white, chrome red, yellow orchre, burnt umber, payne's grey and viridian for the skin, viridian and paynes grey, yellow and orange for the tee shrit and chrome green and yellow for the background.
The eyes were my biggest challenge - they were always too big. Several times I tried to make them smaller - but in the end they turned out bigger than I intended - but that's OK. He looks like Henry and is full of charm and personality! What a great week! Now I have 3 more grandsons to try out my portrait skills on.

In March 2015 I decided to redo this picture.  I liked it a lot but it didn't look like Henry. Mainly the face was too wide. I worked for several days and redid a lot of it. it still doesn't look Henry but it's a lot better anatomically but lacks the devilish gleam in his too far apart eyes.

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