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A work in progress.  This is taken from a photo reference I took a few years ago with a student.  I was fortunate the local theater was agreeable for us to use their stage and lighting.  We also had access to their wardrobe room.   I like the theatrical look and luminous lighting for this painting.  Here you can see the beginning stages – just trying to get the proportions and a bit of the modeling established.  I have no portrait commissions at this time so doing this as a work of interest, and to add a figurative painting to my available paintings.  I don’t usually title a painting until it’s done, but I think this will be “Priming with Hat”.


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This is taken after about 2 hours more painting following the above photo.  I mostly worked on getting some of the facial features established, revised the garment and arms.  Pushed a bit more color in the hat and other areas.








Here again is 2 or 3 more hours of painting.  I’m working from a photo reference that is not the best in terms of exposure.  The lights are somewhat bleached, and the darks way too dark.  So for this portrait I’m doing much experimenting while I paint.  I need to make the face more luminous than the photo, and the colors are much different.  In the photo most of the facial features are mostly hidden in too dark shadows so I’m going on gut to get the features to read well.

PS:  Not usually recommended to paint from a photo that isn’t up to par, but I’m enjoying experimenting with the colors and other features.  I think this will work out ok.  I hope!





Again – after about 3 or 4 more hours painting.  Mostly spent time on the face – then moved into the garment and background.  Starting to take on more luminousity.  Even at this stage, I expect to completely cover all areas again – including the face.  Getting there……








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