Saturday, December 27, 2008

Portrait of an Artist

Portrait of an Artist | 5"x7" | oil on hardboard

This is a painting I just completed of a total stranger. Who is this woman with the lovely smile?

I was paired up with her on the Different Strokes from Different Folks blog. 130 artists submitted a photograph of themselves and in doing so, agreed to paint a portrait of one of the other artists. So this fine lady has been given my photo to create a portrait of me as well. I'm anxious to see it.

What is she thinking about as she studies the colors, curves and lines of my face? As I painted her, I tried to bring out the lively artistic spirit I sensed in her photo. I painted this on the standard 5x7" panel that I have been using for most of my blog postings. In hindsight, it may have been easier to paint this on a slightly larger size. I hope she likes it.


  1. What a surprise! I think it is very nice, but isn't it difficult to be objective about a painting of yourself?? I feel very lucky to have traded with someone so talented!! I am stil hesitantly working on yours, so I will let you know when I post it.
    Thank you!

  2. Great job, John! A very nice expression you captured.

  3. John,
    I think you did a nice job tackling this! Well done...Happy New Year my friend!

  4. Hi John! Thanks for stopping by my rookie blog. I can tell by your postings and your wonderful technique you would/could be an awesome police artist. I always said it was mostly the ability to listen and the technique was secondary. I'm looking forward to seeing more of your work.

  5. John I've been meaning to stop here to let you know this is a beautiful portrait! Love the palette you used and how you kept it simple congratulations!

  6. WOW, I am amazed you could get so much detail into a portrait at 5 X 7 inches! But after seeing your other blog posts it looks like you are pretty comfortable with that size.

    Beautiful job! I really like the color harmony you achieved in this. I'm looking forward to seeing your next painting on Karin's blog.

    And thanks for stopping by my blog!

  7. John, you captured her essense! Such a sunny painting, of I'm sure a sunny artist!