Tuesday, February 9, 2010

"Mr. Personality"

acrylic on hardboard
I'm not sure how most painters work, but I can usually look at an image and paint it in my head with no problem at all. This portrait began that way, but three fourths of the way through it I just wanted to scrap the entire thing and start over. He has such a great expressive face, but I couldn't get the eyes and literally debated with myself daily over getting the eyes or starting over. Luckily I don't give up easily because in the end I can look at this beautiful portrait and know that my patience and persistence paid off. I had a lot of fun with the hair and learned a lot about painting freckles which was my first time painting. The trick is to be subtle. Not for sale.


Alice Thompson said...

Felicia, I first noticed your work a while back on the dailypainters site when you posted a portrait of a little girl holding a jack o lantern. Those warm orange highlights reflecting on her skin cught my eye. I'd like to invite you to participate in a new monthly painting challenge for fine artist. You'll find the link posted in the upper right hand corner of my Blog. It would be great to have an ex Art Teacher with your unique style in the mix.

BMoon said...

Brilliant, oh that expression....just takes my breath away.

Shelley Whiting said...

I love the expression. It's very fun and one of a kind.