Monday, December 28, 2009

Portrait of an Artist - 2009

Portrait of an Artist 2009 | 8x10" | oil on hardboard

Some of you will remember that a year ago I did a portrait swap which was facilitated by the Different Strokes from Different Folks blog. Artists were asked to submit photos of themselves and in turn, received a photo of another anonymous artist to paint. It was fun last year, in the end discovering that the woman I painted was from Israel.

Once again this year, I do not know who this woman is, but hope to correspond with her after both of our portraits are revealed on the Different Strokes blog. I would encourage you to go there and see the wide variety of styles and interpretations. There are 180 artists participating this year.

I painted this on a little larger panel than my most of my other blog work, and it was a pre-primed panel that I had purchased. The surface was ultra-smooth and I struggled with that more than I thought I would. In the end, I think it came around fairly well.


  1. I think I may know who this is, and will be looking forward to seeing if I guessed correctly! You've done a magnificent job - I am sure they will be very pleased.

  2. Excellent, John! It looks like she's just turned to speak to us. Wonderful work.
    Happy holidays and best to you in 2010!

  3. great entry for DSFDF. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

  4. Thanks Claire, Edward, Liz and Dominique! I appreciate your kind words. Happy New Year to all of you!

  5. Beautiful job John...I love her expression, you captured it well!