Portrait Day 7

The portrait is finally done. For some reason, my camera picked up more yellow than is in the original.

The final portrait by Yeshua's Child Art

Portrait Day 7

I added yet more details to the face, softened transitions, added more details to the dog’s fur. The pit bull was painted with raw umber, burnt sienna and ultramarine blue for darks; and yellow ochre, burnt sienna and raw umber in varying degrees, mixed with titanium white, for the lighter areas. This was a fun portrait to do; I wanted to catch the deep love between my friend and her dog, which is why I went with warmer tones overall.

Portrait Day 4

I’ve added some more highlights, shadows and definition, and worked more on the pit bull. There’s still a lot more detail to be done, but it’s coming along.

Lesson 3 in How to Paint a Portrait by Yeshua's Child Art

Adding more detail to the portrait

I warmed up the flesh tones a bit (using cad.red med, cad. yellow, titanium white and a hint of yellow ochre for the lighter areas; I added ultramarine blue and burnt sienna for shadow areas in the skin. For the dog, I added raw umber, yellow ochre, and a grey mixed with burnt sienna, yellow ochre, ultramarine blue and titanium white.

I will work on the transitions, and defining more details, tomorrow.

Portrait Day 3

Lesson 2 in how to paint a portrait by Yeshua's Child Art

Portrait Day 3: Starting to add details

Today, I added some highlights, shadows, and more detail, especially to the girl. I am also adding more colors to the dog’s coat. I am trying to keep my light consistent in the background and on the objects; it’s a warm mix of cad. yellow med., yellow ochre, and titanium white. It’s starting to come along; I’ll share more tomorrow.

New Portrait Days 1 and 2

Someone liked my portraits of my friend’s children enough that I was asked to paint another portrait.

On day 1, I created the background in a very light (high key) cad. yellow light, a hint of yellow ochre and tit. white. On day 2, I blocked in the girl and her dog.

Here it is with the rough block ins:

Lesson 1 in "How to paint a portrait" by Yeshua's Child Art

Color block in

Tomorrow I will create more details.

The Feast of Tabernacles

As a messianic (Jewish) Christian, I enjoy this time of year more than any other. As a child, I lived for a time in Israel, and once the Day of Atonement is past (last weekend), the tabernacles start going up. These are small, temporary shelters (sukkah) which are erected for this Thursday’s celebration of Sukkot, or the Feast of Tabernacles.

Yesterday, some friends and I erected our sukkah. Here’s a picture of it:

picture of a sukkah for sukkot

My sukkah

I can’t wait to go in and have morning coffee in it (it’s a great spot for quiet times); I like to imagine Yeshua having coffee with me in it!

I also love the joy of this season. Here are two of my favorite songs which show the celebration of this time, which remembers that Yeshua is coming back soon.


Also, my favorite song by Paul Wilbur:



Chag Sameac! (Happy Festival!)

Seagull Sunset: Lake Michigan

I love water, and I love birds, so in this painting, I combined both. It’s based on a recent trip to Lake Michigan at sunset, when it is especially beautiful.

Seagulls on the beach at Lake Michigan, an original oil painting by Yeshua's Child Art

“Seagulls at Evening” 18 X 24 canvas wrap $245

I went with a bit brighter colors than I normally do, which was fun (thalo green mixed with cerulean and ultramarine blue). I mixed burnt sienna and ultramarine, plus yellow ochre for the sand; and titanium white, yellow ochre, cadmium yellow light and cadmium red light for the reflections and highlights.