The finished portrait

Well, here it is.  I am almost sure I have finished.  I will put it up in the studio for a week or two before I sign it in case something jumps out at me.  I have to say his eyes look very strange in the photo, but not in the painting itself.   A critique from a friend would be useful!

However – there is always an however – I am dissatisfied that I couldn’t make more of it.  It’s OK as far as it goes, not without input from me, especially in the colour sense, but I would like to try again and make it less representational.  I think I will try mixed media, using “Collage, Colour and Texture in Painting” by Mike Bernard and Robin Capon, mentioned in my New Year post, as my guide.  I am hoping to make something with more atmosphere, more mystery, something less obvious.  This will not be a quick exercise as I will be well into personally uncharted territory.  Wish me luck!

2 thoughts on “The finished portrait”

  1. I will certainly wish you luck! I think it looks better in real life than in the photo, but I’m really very intrigued by your plans for a mixed media version!

  2. Hi Stevie… it’s difficult to comment just by looking at the screen and it’s really hard to paint a portrait from just photographs. You have done all the working out with this version to get a good likeness and to achieve all the correct proportions, now you can use all that information and allow yourself to be more playful.

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