Category Archives: Portraits

With Apologies to Frans Hals

Among the many artists whose works I’ve studied recently as I’ve explored my Dutch heritage is Frans Hals, also known as Frans Hals the Elder. He was a painter of the Dutch Golden Age who lived and worked in the

With Apologies to Frans Hals

Among the many artists whose works I’ve studied recently as I’ve explored my Dutch heritage is Frans Hals, also known as Frans Hals the Elder. He was a painter of the Dutch Golden Age who lived and worked in the

Getting Adventurous

I’ve already declared that 2020 — the Chinese year of the Rat — will be a year of imagination for me. As each day goes by, I find myself building onto that single word and watching it grow and blossom.

Getting Adventurous

I’ve already declared that 2020 — the Chinese year of the Rat — will be a year of imagination for me. As each day goes by, I find myself building onto that single word and watching it grow and blossom.

A New Approach to Skin Tones

When I did a few watercolor portraits a couple of years ago, I learned a clever little rhyme: Red and yellow, brown and white Help us get our skin tones right Two Watercolor Portraits That little rhyme did help me

A New Approach to Skin Tones

When I did a few watercolor portraits a couple of years ago, I learned a clever little rhyme: Red and yellow, brown and white Help us get our skin tones right Two Watercolor Portraits That little rhyme did help me

It Could Actually Be a Lot Worse

I’ve been playing with my left-over paints again, and I just had to see what I could do with that self-portrait image I shared yesterday. Could I paint a very simplified version of my face? I mean, seriously… not just

It Could Actually Be a Lot Worse

I’ve been playing with my left-over paints again, and I just had to see what I could do with that self-portrait image I shared yesterday. Could I paint a very simplified version of my face? I mean, seriously… not just

Faces from the Younger Generation

I certainly had fun drawing older faces like my “Old Man in the Hat” and “Old Woman with a Shawl”. I continue to be fascinated by faces, and I appreciate all the comments and suggestions I’ve received. Right now my mind

Faces from the Younger Generation

I certainly had fun drawing older faces like my “Old Man in the Hat” and “Old Woman with a Shawl”. I continue to be fascinated by faces, and I appreciate all the comments and suggestions I’ve received. Right now my mind

Fascinated by Faces

I’ve been fascinated with faces for as long as I can remember — not as an artist, but simply as an observer. People-watching has always appealed to me, and so much knowledge, information, and emotion can be found in the

Fascinated by Faces

I’ve been fascinated with faces for as long as I can remember — not as an artist, but simply as an observer. People-watching has always appealed to me, and so much knowledge, information, and emotion can be found in the

Creating Interest through Contrast

My drawing time this morning involved a rather technical concept, that of creating interest in a drawing through the use of contrast. In today’s exercise the contrast was one of value, although there are many other forms of contrast we

Creating Interest through Contrast

My drawing time this morning involved a rather technical concept, that of creating interest in a drawing through the use of contrast. In today’s exercise the contrast was one of value, although there are many other forms of contrast we

Just Cover the Canvas

Today has been a somewhat frustrating day as far as my art goes. Nothing has really worked out quite the way I’d hoped. It’s my fault in many ways. To begin, my mind — and my peace of mind — 

Just Cover the Canvas

Today has been a somewhat frustrating day as far as my art goes. Nothing has really worked out quite the way I’d hoped. It’s my fault in many ways. To begin, my mind — and my peace of mind — 

Peace of Mind

Despite how much I’ve come to love oil painting, I will probably be doing more drawing and less painting in the coming weeks. Drawing is a learned skill for me, not something that comes naturally, and if I am away

Peace of Mind

Despite how much I’ve come to love oil painting, I will probably be doing more drawing and less painting in the coming weeks. Drawing is a learned skill for me, not something that comes naturally, and if I am away

Who I Am As an Artist

I’m catching up on a lot of art reading. During my painting and drawing hiatus, several months of Artist magazine piled up near my easel. I’m currently reading the March 2019 issue which is all about self-portraits. One article focuses on “Eye to

Who I Am As an Artist

I’m catching up on a lot of art reading. During my painting and drawing hiatus, several months of Artist magazine piled up near my easel. I’m currently reading the March 2019 issue which is all about self-portraits. One article focuses on “Eye to