Monday, April 27, 2009

Study of an Ilya Repin painting

The image above is the final!  

I finally put the background in, which should of been done
earlier in the process, but I am so excited to get it going that
I forget about it (bad habbit!).  

I usually lightly do the shadows and go into the lights to 
model them.  Got to make the form turn and have the right 
chroma and value.  When I feel that is on the right direction,
I then start going into the shadows and refining them, which in
turn should be important in the beginning, it does dictate how 
cool or warm your colors should be. 

Started to introduce Terra Rosa, and English red to the mixture.

I started without toning the canvas, I did not use
charcoal in the beginning, just drew with the brush.  

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Yellow Sonnet

 This painting I did for a show, Its pretty limited in palette, lots 
of fun though!  Oil on Panel 16x 20 

Wednesday, April 22, 2009


This was another portrait I did, a quick one again, about four hours spent on this

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Another Portrait Sketch!

This is another quick one I did, it took me about three hours to paint.  
These are so much fun to do and so educational too, I love it! I hope
you enjoy this as much as I did! Ciaoo!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Quick Portrait Studies

These are quick portrait studies I did.  In total each of them 
must of been at-least 4-5 hours each.  The top one was 
after a Sargent portrait, and I learned a lot from it.  It was so
much fun to be free with the brush strokes, I am excited
to see where this will take me with my work.  

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!!!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

 Ghandi, also done in ball point pen.