Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Daily Painting Practice - Mentor

I haven't done a figurative in a while and since Grandpa duties limit my outdoor painting time, I thought in between diapers and bottles and during naps I would give this guy a try.
One of my favorite contemporary artists is (Mario Andres Robinson). I think he has a special talent for capturing the soul and individual character of the people he paints.
My background is very thin and so is the underpainting. I also tried to keep the heavier paint as dry as possible. I like the effect of painting with a dry brush.
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Mentor
9"x12"
oil on canvas board
I don't think it is necessary to show the eyes in every portrait or figurative to convey personality or character. This guy seemed to display all the characteristics of a mentor, strength, heart and a keen sense of observation. All of this while half his face is in the shadows.

2 comments:

Robin Weiss said...

I think this portrait carries alot of "story" and yes, "Mentor" is a great title. The sparkle of the necklace in shadow... Just great!

Nicole Caulfield said...

Such a wonderful portrait. Thans for sharing.