Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Latest Portraits of Judith Reidy

Latest Portrait "Rachael"
Sketch Club Portrait
11x14 inches

Model from Fred Bell's Portrait Class
10x10 inches

The top portrait "Rachael" intrigued me with the idea of having the major side of the face in shadow. That meant I needed to paint in grayed middle values, creating form using warm and cool colors. I had been working with a similar problem in my landscape paintings when painting a white or light colored building in shadow, when the light elsewhere is mostly in light.

The square painting, "Tom" was interesting to me for two reasons. One Tom's features were so very angular. The second challenge was painting his rich brown skin in the light.

This portrait has a different feel than some of the other portraits, perhaps a little Ernst Ludwig Kirchner feel.