Posts Tagged ‘oil-portrait’

Egyptian Necklace

This is an oil on canvas painting of my wife Carolyn,wearing a necklace,earrings and bracelet, given to her by a friend of her father. This necklace and bracelet was purchased in Egypt. The painting is titled “Egyptian Necklace”

Egyptian Necklace detail

This is a detail of my painting of Carolyn that shows my technique of applying a thin wash of oil paint thinned in turpentine and Liquin paint medium.

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This is a photo of  Liquin paint medium, a brush, a rag and a jar that contains purple oil paint mixed with Liquin and turpentine which I applied to a painting I am currently working on.  I applied the paint over the painting with the brush than wiped the surface with the rag leaving paint in the valleys of the canvas.

I used burnt umber for the mixture of Liquin ,turpentine and paint on my wife’s painting. When this wash dried I applied oil paint on the peaks of the canvas using a dry brush technique. The necklace,earring and bracelet  was painted last, using a well used bristle brush loaded with oil paint.

Egyptian

Photo reference for Egyptian Necklace.

Dominic-oil-painting

oil on canvas painting of my grandson Dominic. 20″ wide x 30″ high

I finished this portrait of Dominic yesterday after working on it off an on for about six months. I tried to capture Dominic’s desire to always be moving. I took a lot of reference photos of him in different locations wearing different clothes . I thought this photo reference told a story about a young boy ready to be free to run an jump. He loves cars which was the reason I selected the shirt he was wearing. The challenge for me was to show Dominic in full figure within a complex environment. I liked the way the afternoon sun was creating interesting highlights. I painted  his hair with a used sable brush that had about four strands of hair left on it.

fritz

This portrait of a man named Fritz was painted during the early 1990’s during a painting session at the St.Louis Artist Guild. This was painted from life during about a three hour period and finished in my studio using a photo I took of Fritz.           John Dyess

detail-of-fritz-painting

This is a detail from the painting of Fritz.

Detail of the finished painting of Sophia

Detail of the finished painting of Sophia

Finished painting of Sophia

Finished painting of Sophia

My oil portrait of grand daughter Sophia was finished in May of 2013 after almost a year. Total time I worked on this painting was not a year because I set it aside for many months. This is not a usual thing for me to take so long a time to work on a portrait.
I teach part time at Meramec Community College and have access to art books in the campus library and because I teach I can keep a book all semester- and I kept a book on the art of Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres for almost the entire semester. I studied reproductions of his paintings in this book and scanned the painting below which became an inspiration while painting Sophia’s portrait.

Inges portrait of Louise d. Haussonville

Inges portrait of Louise d. Haussonville

detail of Ingres portrait

detail of Ingres portrait

Sophia painting number one

Sophia painting number one

I stopped painting on Sophia painting number one last summer ,but I have gotten it out of storage and may continue painting on it soon.

Sophia's dress

Sophia’s dress

I took photos of Sophia’s dress to help me see the flower patterns in more detail.

Sophia

Sophia

Sophia profile right

Sophia profile right

Sophia left side

Sophia profile left side

I looked at photos of Sophia from various angles ,while painting her portrait, to help me understand the form in her face.

 

 

 

Beginning stages of applying color

Beginning stages of applying color

I’ve removed the canvas from the wood frame so that the canvas lays flat on my drawing board.This photo was taken outside in the sunlight.

More paint washes applied

More paint washes applied

At this stage, of painting with washes, I’m beginning to add color to the flowers on Sophia’s dress.This stage of painting was June 25,2012

 

Female model profile (1) 1980’s by John Foster Dyess