1853

1853

With this painting I discovered my love for portraiture more than figurative work. I love the subtle emotion on the face and trying to capture that while instilling my own style is fantastic.

Also with this painting I’m borrowing ideas from video production and will begin playing with depth of field throughout many of my next paintings to come.

I don’t know this person. I pulled the image from Unsplash. I didn’t need to take the photo, I just have a desire to paint portraits of people across the world. It was nice to work with non Caucasian skin as well.

Details

  • Work: 1853
  • Size: 20" x 30"
  • Medium: Oil on Canvas
  • Sessions: 26
  • Start date: 12/26/2021
  • End date: 3/02/2022

Sessions

3323: 1853 Finished!

It’s been a long and exciting journey with this painting. I learned a ton!

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3322: 1853, Session 25

I’m so close to finishing this painting. I’m almost certain to finish it tomorrow.

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3321: 1853, Session 24

Back to 1853 and I was able to finish his left arm and leg.

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3302: 1853, Session 23

It’s time to let this painting dry for another week or so while I move on to the next.

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3301: 1853, Session 22

I’m working on the arms and legs now, struggling to fix the bad values on my block-in.

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3300: 1853, Session 21

I’m done with this layer on the shirt. Next session I move to his arms.

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3299: 1853, Session 20

I was hoping to finish this painting without another drying time but the pattern on the shirt needs it.

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3298: 1853, Session 19

I’m working my way across the shirt with a different set of brushwork than the body.

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3297: 1853, Session 18

I moved back to this portrait to finish it while The Pear Tree dries.

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3289: 1853, Session 17

I finished the background and it looks AMAZING!

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3288: 1853, Session 16

Happy anniversary to me! 9 years straight and I’m going stronger than ever before.

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3287: 1853, Session 15

The portrait is looking much better after some drawing corrections this morning.

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3286: 1853, Session 14

I’m still working on the head because my AM art time as been cut a bit short. But my sleep is great!

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3285: 1853, Session 13

I’m would love to have this painting done by the end of the month but I don’t think that is going to happen.

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3284: 1853, Session 12

Only an hour of work today but I was able to get the right eye dialed in.

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3283: 1853, Session 11

More distractions than I would like this morning but I was able to get a good hour in on this painting.

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3266: 1853, Session 10

I’m very happy to say that this layer for this painting is done, now it dries for a week.

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3265: 1853, Session 9

I wasn’t able to get into focus for my painting session today and it shows.

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3264: 1853, Session 8

I killed it today with some super focus flow!

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3263: 1853, Session 7

Happy New Year! I started it off great will lots of work on this painting.

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3262: 1853, Session 6

I’ve got to get the drawing right on the shirt to capture his lean forward.

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3261: 1853, Session 5

I’m taking the next couple days to work the drawing up with a bit more detail.

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3260: 1853, Session 4

I moved my art time to earlier in the morning and it working out wonderfully.

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3259: 1853, Session 3

I started painting purposely using very low chroma colors in preparation for many layers ahead.

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3258: 1853, Session 2

I spent enough time today to refine the drawing and add a layer of clear medium.

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3257: 1853, Session 1

It’s colder now so the painting is drying slowly and I need to put a new painting in the rotation.

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