This is my cousin, Brad, and his wife, Karisa, who were married on June 1st of this year. My gift to them was this portrait, a graphite drawing sealed in encaustic medium (heated wax and other components).
This sort of mixed media technique grew from the impetus of working for Inspire Prescott. I still haven’t completely worked it out. So in truth, I experimented on my dear cousins :). Even so, I’m confident they were happy with it, and I can’t wait to try another portrait in this style.
A closeup of some oil paint detail:
The drawing before encaustification.
God bless your life together, Brad and Karisa.
Documenting my next commission painting. View from a Window. Oil on canvas, 30″ x 48″ (about two-thirds of a doorway). Mediocre photography by me :-P.
The lines are completely straight, I promise, though they look bowed and tilted in the photo. I finished it and sent it to its new home a few weeks ago.
Preliminary watercolor sketches:
Distance is already a challenge for me. In fact, that landscape a couple posts ago was a bit of distance-practice while working on this commission. Gonna keep trying :).
Calling it finished. I added more detail in the foreground, amongst the shrubberies, and glazed over the darker areas with some alizarin crimson. I tried to build up a simple foreground/mid-ground/background, but they’re not as distinct from each other as I would like. Have a look at the previous post for in progress photos. I welcome all the feedback :).
Take a look at Matt’s paintings on Matt Sterbenz Fine Art. He and I were fellow painting students at ASU a year ago. See for yourself what a fantastic painter he is, and how well he explains his process.
He is presently trying to fulfill a challenge to paint 100 tiny (5″x7″) landscapes. I might like to take on such a challenge :). Stay tuned ~
Recycled ASU painting #2 is complete, this time with some time-lapse movie magic.
It’s roughly 36×36, oil on canvas. Please watch!
Explanation: The first painting is a class assignment from 2010 which I never liked :P. Now (December 2011) I painted over it and filmed the process. This is my first timelapse movie attempt, so my apologies for the poor visibility (due partly to my person being in the way) and ever-changing lighting. Here’s a photo of the end result:
Another portrait commission :). This is the daughter of a friend of mine.
To answer a common question, I’ve worked from photos for all of my portraits. Painting from life would be best, if it were possible in my case.
The painting is 12″x16″, oil on cradled masonite.