Cowboy Portrait

I’m currently taking a painting class, and just for fun, decided to do the portrait assignment. I used to do commission portraits, before I turned my brush towards painting birds and landscapes. But the old cowboy was irresistible, so I did a quick study:

a portrait study in oils by Yeshua's Child Art Studio

Cowboy portrait study, 16 X 20, oil

I like a limited palette for portraits, so I did the entire study using yellow ochre, cad. yellow medium, burnt sienna, alizarin crimson, titanium white, ultramarine blue, and black. You can get a wide range of flesh and hair tones with those.

I also have some barns and birds I’m working on, I’ll share those soon!

Dog Portrait

A few months ago, I painted a portrait of a friend’s dog. She is a beautiful golden retriever, who sticks her tongue out to the side as a habit. Here’s the portrait, based upon a photo she provided. Because this dog swims constantly in the summer, I put the lake behind her:

Original oil painting of a golden retriever in front of a lake

“Molly” (c) 2014, oil, 16 X 20

I had a lot of fun painting her; she’s a wonderful dog with lots of energy. Palette used for eyes and fur: burnt sienna, yellow ochre, ultramarine blue, cadmium yellow medium, alizarin crimson; for tongue: cad. red med, alizarin crimson, titanium white; nose: fur colors, plus touches of lamp black; lake: ultramarine blue, yellow ochre, titanium white, cobalt blue.

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.