New Pastel Portrait

Just finished a new pastel portrait. This handsome gentleman is the grandfather of one of my clients.   She only had a small photo to work from, so it was a little difficult to bring it to life.  It’s always difficult to work from photos since they flatten out...

Portrait Painting Workshop

This last weekend I had the great pleasure of participating in Virgil Elliott’s portrait painting workshop in his art studio. It was a great opportunity to study with an artist who has been described as a “living master”.  Luckily, he lives in Penngrove, California,...

Next Stage of Oil Portrait

At this stage, I have blocked in the background and basic colors over the black/white underpainting. I started to define the face and clothing.  It is already taking on a three dimensional look, which may be hard to see in the photo. I have to say that I have come to...

Portrait Underpainting

I have completed the next step in the painting process, which is to create an “underpainting” that is monochromatic (one color). This is called a Grisaille (pronounced Griz-eye). The underpainting serves as the foundation on which the colors layers are...