About Face


So you’ve covered the canvas.  The portrait is done, right? Not quite.  After the lay-in is complete,  it’s time to step back and looks at the painting.  The best question that you can ask yourself at the start of each studio session is, “What is the goal of this painting?”  In this case, the goal is to produce …
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The Lay-in


So the canvas is ready.  You put out your paint. Now what? How and where do you begin?  It’s time for the lay-in, or block in. It’s the term used for the first round of paint to go on the canvas I try simplify the image as best I can to start with.  No amount …
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The Gouache Study


  This is one of several studies that I completed for a recent portrait commission.  It was painted on white watercolor paper with a  limited pallet of gouache paint. What the heck is gouache? Gouache is similar to watercolor; both are water soluble in a gum arabic based. Gouache is different in that it is …
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The Beginning of a Portrait


So it’s time to get started painting a portrait.  But how exactly do you do that?  Through the next several blog posts, I’ll be showing the steps in my process to completing a commissioned portrait. As always, questions and comments are welcomed!  More of my portrait work can be viewed along many other paintings on …
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