Monday, November 15, 2010


Hello Friends:

This portrait of DeLawn was painted in two sessions. I painted him on a very loose, colorful background and then tried to continue with that theme into his hair and shirt. The color on his face is extremely chromatic, which is also a departure for me. You would not have believed the blinding colors that were mixed on my palette-- they didn't appear to have anything at all to do with the model sitting in front of me! I resisted the urge to knock it all down into a duller scheme, and in the end, I liked the brightness and the energy it had. I wouldn't use this technique for a more formal portrait, but as a painting, I think it's pretty interesting. I'd like to know if you like it too!

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