Well, the five day Portrait Workshop at the Jacklin Art and Cultural Center in Post Falls, ID (next door to Coeur d'Alene) is over and my feeling is that it went well.........Thanks to all who helped and especially to those who saw fit to attend. Everyone worked hard for the duration, and I'll be surprised if the intense study doesn't bear fruit in your own work - and please give it some time, portrait painting from life is difficult stuff.
I thought that I would post a few pics from my demos.....Take note of the pic descriptions, and I'll put up more shortly if time allows. Thanks again.....M
I wish that I had a pic of the portrait as it looked after my initial start on Wed morning - I took it home and spent another 45 minutes on it in my studio. I had her a bit too long in the face, and I needed to make adjustments to the facial width, the placement of the nose, the eyebrows and I shortened the chin. I think it really looks like Claudia now.....If you have a pic from the workshop of my first stage, compare the changes.
Here is the final version of my portrait of Ellie (from Sunday afternoon). I also spent time on this in the studio (about another 60 minutes). I added another layer of paint to the background, the hair, and the neck/throat area. I also darkened the eyes slightly and repainted the green in the eyes. Note the splash of warmth along the cheek edge in the shadow area...I felt it needed the color.
I will post more pics shortly - I'm working on the "Lawman" oil wash demo portrait. It's receiving new layers of opaque paint - I couldn't resist!