Portrait: Chris (in 17th Century type costume)

04/06/15

09.30-16.30 Two sessions in one day

Chris is a regular sitter for our class, however, this time, he had brought props.  A small side table in dark oak, with what looked like an antique bible beautifully decorated and a chair. The chair itself was interesting as it’s back was in the corner with the arms making a right angle – I’m sure it has a special name for its design.  Chris himself appeared in a costume we assume to be reminiscent of 17th Century attire, which was expertly made by Chris’ late wife, he had rearranged his normal hairstyle and really looked the part.  After all that trouble, it seemed rude not to paint at least most of it so I tried a couple of quick sketches to decide on the composition.

Chris Portrait Class 04/06/15 Preparatory charcoal sketches

Chris
Portrait Class
04/06/15
Preparatory charcoal sketches

 

Although I mainly chose the left sketch and composition, as my canvas ratio was slightly longer to width than the sketch, I could include more of the figure.

Strangely, having more time seemed to slow me down and the resulting painting is more unfinished than I would have liked. The head is not yet complete in its form and I needed to find more colour in the tones on the costume.

Chris (17th Century style costume) Portrait Class 04/06/15 Oil on canvas (acrylic ground) 40x50cm

Chris (17th Century style costume)
Portrait Class
04/06/15
Oil on canvas (acrylic ground)
40x50cm

 

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