I’m not a portrait guy. Sure I’ve done some figurative things, a portrait or two. I avoid them because it’s just not my thing. Our very own Don Sondag in the studio here does them in a great way, it’s his speciality. If I had a link to his website, if he had a website, I should say, I would link it. But he doesn’t. anyway, a woman came in with a request for a portrait, she knew my work and for some reason decided I was the guy. But she wanted it in my style. She wanted something large and loose and large. This piece is around 40×50 plus. We did a shoot with the kids, I came up with a few shots I thought were worthy but she had an old black and white photo that she was fond of and chose that over what I had. No biggie.
As a semi-ex illustrator I am a get it done kind of guy. If someone has an art need, I’m there to fulfill it. I like a problem to solve… as long as it’s art related I can handle it. I did a prelim sketch which was approved and focused on getting a combination of likeness and heavy paint. I like working big. It’s actualy easier than small somehow. The canvas was made by CindyAnderson who does great things with boxes and canvases and is also a great painter in her own right. Up goes the drawing and since I had the color shots, the black and white values of the photo and the study the rest was a simple matter of mixing large puddles of color to slather on and layer and build and paint. Fun. And there’s a happy Mom and Dad in it too.