I'm closing the year with an oil sketch of the actor Patrick Stewart that I painted from a photo reference. I am adding this to a portfolio of portraits that I'm submitting to a portrait representative company. This painting was a lot of fun to paint and I'm learning to paint in my own style more and more lately.
This year was very trying for everyone and I'm glad that it's coming to an end. I think this will be a year that will go down in the history books and future generations will be asking: "What was it like to live through 2020?". I'm very thankful that my family and friends are healthy and I hope everyone out there has a healthy and happy end to 2020. I'm looking forward to what 2021 brings!
Merry Christmas to everyone, hope everyone is having a good one and got some cool gifts.
I got some amazing books that I started working my way through. The first book that I'm reading is one I've been waiting to read for a while: Painting Portraits by Everett Raymond Kinstler. I'm not finished reading it yet, but I've already learned a tremendous amount. It has a lot of technical information, which makes it fascinating to read. The copy I got had a special addition of a drawing and inscription by Mr. Kinstler himself.
I sadly never got to meet Mr. Kinstler in person, but I did exchange emails with him; he always took time to thoughtfully respond and give me advice for my work.
Got up early today, shoveled and then got some time to paint this beautiful snowfall. The subtle color of the snow, the cool shadows and warm lights was really fun to paint. I've done watercolors in the snow before, but this was my first oil painting en plein air in the snow.
This was also the first time that I used my antique mahogany arm palette (last image in gallery below). It worked great en plein air since it's smaller than my studio arm palette.
Sharing a few images of these two paintings that I look back on with pride. They were both painted from life and make me happy. I have strong memories associated with both which also makes them special to me. I don't think there's a magic formula for always making a "good" painting, but I know it's important to paint from life, to paint sincerely and to enjoy the process.