Saturday, 20 August 2011

1st Lesson - Portrait

Well, here is the first lesson on portraiture for my Friday class.  Their homework while I was OS was to draw up their canvases.  Everyone is doing their own portrait - mainly their children, except one of the ladies who has decided to paint Elizabeth Taylor.  I always start with the eyes to set the mood and direction of the portrait (also with my animal paintings).  Then before this lesson was finished, we quickly painted in a turpsy wash for the background to a. eliminate the large white canvas background, and b. to try and decide on a potential colour for the background.


  1. Now that's something I hadn't thought of....putting a wash on that empty background. Wonderful! I can hardly wait for the next lesson!

  2. Thanks Beth, I have this thing about putting a blue light in this portrait. Hope it works! Oh well, it will be fun to try.