Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Presidential Portraits!

I always forget to sign my name, not this time!!


Im almost done!

Just working even more and trying to get the painting more harmonious.

Finding that right stroke that works is an infinite journey, but when found,
its all worth it!!

I have smoothed out the bottom area of the painting, and moving up to 
the top.

I then put in the background, I was very hesitant, but finally did it and did not
regret it at all!!

Great shot of my crazy palette! its so messy!

I am trying to decide which colors to use!!

Of-course now the focus shifts onto the trunk!!

One of my favorite portrait is of Senator Mc. Cain, because I learned so much from it.
Great learning experience!!

This is a close up of the portraits when they are done, I am very satisfied with
the process and what I have learned from it!!

At this point I am done with the portraits and really happy with the results!
Not done yet though!

I have just stopped and saw that it was a good idea to introduce color
to Eisenhower and Roosevelt!

I got it framed half way through, due to time constraints.  This is the way the old
masters used to work, in order to have the frame work hand in hand with the 

I started to introduce color to the painting from the left side.  I originally was just
going to have the painting be half colored and have black and white.  I am glad I 
eventually covered it!!

I then start putting the tones in the white areas that have not been blocked in by the
shadow shapes, I am essentially giving form to a two dimensional painting.

I started with just using Ivory black paint on white canvas.

"Republican Portraits"
This painting was created for the Republican National Convention, that was held at St.Paul, Minnesota.  It was shown at the Premier Gallery in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  I have no political views in relation with this painting, it was purely for the convention and targeted for the delegates.  I have also put up the process work of this painting, Enjoy!!!


Jason Seiler said...

This is really, really cool! Thanks for sharing the process . . . very interesting that you painted it with the frame already on it . . . . nice work! What sort of palette do you prefer painting with . . . .? Also very cool that you started by painting in the tones with black . . . really cool! This is awesome!

Skamitis said...

great work it seems like elephants nose comes out of the painting