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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Clay


In between my monthly series of 5x7 presents I've been busy convincing family and friends to allow me to take their photograph, so I could paint their portrait.  

My first volunteer/victim is this handsome devil who happens to be my husband. 

I use to paint commissioned portraits years ago, and have had an incredible urge to paint people again.
 
This return has been inspired by Euan Uglow, Alice Neel, a Cezanne portrait I saw in the National Gallery in DC, and Andy Pankhurst (a student of Uglow's whose paintings I saw during Art Chicago.) I have linked all the names to google images of their work ... check it out.

13 comments:

Joshua Kadtke said...

Great brushwork, so energetic and lively! Look forward to seeing more.

Pragya Tiwari said...

Brilliant brushwork! Love it :)

Christine said...

I have been working on a series of family portraits 4"x4" in between still life painting after a Qiang Huang workshop. Yours is wonderful! It inspires me to get back at it.

Marilyn said...

Amazing work! I've not seen your earlier portraits, but am so happy that your painting people again. More please!

ski holm said...

Be careful. This is how Chuck Close got started. Great portrait. maybe I missed it (I tend to look mostly at the pictures and not as much at the words) what is the scale of this piece?

kayce hughes said...

Wow you are talented!

silvina said...

Hi Karen! Love it! I like how each color is broken up into a flat plane. I do see the Uglow influence... and yes, your model is handsome. :)

Kate Lewis said...

I love the look on Clay's face and I really like the color!

Karen Appleton said...

Hi Joshua, thank you so much! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Pragya thank you, the planes and angles in his face were fun to exaggerate with the brushwork, thank you!

Hi Christine, I'd love to see some of your 4x4 portraits!

Thank you Marilyn, I haven't done any portraits in a while but it is fun to give it a go again, hopefully I'll have another to post soon! Thank you :)

Thank you Ski. This is 10x10 oil on panel. Thanks for stopping by!

Hi Kayce, thank you!! Love your blog by the way! :)

ha ha ha Silvina! :) Isn't he handsome :) Thank you, I really tried to channel Uglow and Pankhurst in this painting, adore their color blocks!

Hi Kate- your next! :)

rebecca said...

wow, this is beautiful. amazing work.

Karen Appleton said...

Thank you so much Rebecca!

katherine skinner said...

my jaw just dropped. oh how i want to see that one in person...wow, karen.

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Alright! I knew sooner or later you would be back, just took a little longer than I expected
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