Tuesday, February 23, 2010

A quick study with friends

Man in red
Art Group Sketch
acrylic on canvas
12 x 16 inches
Barbara Muir © 2010

A young friend of mine suggested preparing
several canvasses ahead of time, so that I
could head out to my Tuesday night art group
whenever I felt inspired. I did.
Tonight I had a very little time with my art
group. But the model didn't show up, so
one of the club members graciously offered
to pose. He held the pose expertly, and
perhaps because I know him I dashed down
a sketch.

His face in the actual pose was very
serious, but his kindly nature twinkled from
his eyes. I didn't get time to capture that --
I was more interested in the play of light,
and could soften the chin a bit, if I want to
put more work into it. But I think I've
captured the sweetie pie side of this fellow.

I'm absolutely exhausted in a good and happy
way. So it's time to call it a day.

Have an enjoying-whoever-you-paint day.


Janie B said...

I love this! And, I think you did capture that twinkle, but in his smile. Good work.

Linda Popple said...

Nice painting. I love your use of color. I enjoy visiting your blog - lots of fun!

Liza Hirst said...

Yes, this is great! I like the bold brushstrokes and the colours. And I agree, you definitely have captured the kind expression of this man!

JeMA said...

I had the privilege of finding your blog. I love the colors you use in your portraits. They come alive with energy, and feeling!

Gwen Bell said...

Love the fast but very confident brushwork in this. The highlights and shadows are so wonderfully deliberate and the features are very expressive. I'm so impressed (and envious) that you are able to do such a wonderful portrait so quickly!

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