Painting Hair

Painting hair in a portrait painting can be rather tricky! If you’re like me and have very short hair, or even better yet (or worse?), if you’re bald, it’s rather easy. BUT, if you have a head full of curls, that is a whole ‘nother story! I’m not sure how other Artists do it, butContinue reading “Painting Hair”

Oil Portrait Painting – First Time at the Ocean

Vacation in Florida! Earlier this year, my wife, son and I went down to Palm Harbor, Florida to visit my parents in the same house that my grandmother used to live in. I think our son slept nearly the whole drive there, which was like a dream come true for him! We jokingly said itContinue reading “Oil Portrait Painting – First Time at the Ocean”

Grandmother Portrait Painting – “Abue”

A few weeks ago I finished this oil portrait painting of my wife Brigitta’s maternal Nicaraguan grandmother (or ‘abuela’, in Spanish). Her name was Rafaela Corrales Toruño, and Brigitta simply called her “Abue.” Abue had five children, three of which emigrated from Nicaragua to the U.S. in the 1970’s. Abue also came to the U.S.Continue reading “Grandmother Portrait Painting – “Abue””

Family Portrait Painting Completed!

The portrait painting is finished! The creation of this painting was a process of gathering photos of the subjects, aligning them together into a scene to appear as if they had posed together, calculating and measuring proportions during the sketch, and then working magic with the paint and brush! Here is a quick recap: GatherContinue reading “Family Portrait Painting Completed!”

Family Portrait Painting Progress

First came the drawing, and now the paint! Each day brings more progress on this portrait painting, which is great because I’m coming up on the Christmas deadline!

Family Portrait Painting Progression

After much work sketching, measuring and aligning, I’ve got three of four family members onto the canvas and ready to paint! This portrait painting is unique in that because it’s a surprise, we had to gather photos of the four family members and put them together to appear as if they had posed together. ForContinue reading “Family Portrait Painting Progression”

Family Portrait Painting – Surprise Christmas Gift!

Measurements and drawing – 2 key steps in my process for creating a great-looking portrait painting! This particular portrait painting is of a family of 4 and will be a Christmas surprise for 3 of the family members. I’m using a Utrecht Renaissance Belgian Linen canvas for this one…I love Utrecht canvases, they’re really theContinue reading “Family Portrait Painting – Surprise Christmas Gift!”

Papaw and I – Portrait Painting

A Gift to my Grandfather This portrait painting was a gift to my paternal grandfather, who went by Papaw. Papaw grew up on a farm in rural southern Ohio during the Great Depression. His family didn’t have running water or electricity until he was an adult! The first time he left his county was atContinue reading “Papaw and I – Portrait Painting”