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Thursday, January 6, 2011

Some like it hot...Philip De Laszlo

Who doesn't like to paint a sassy red-head? I sure do. This was my class demo yesterday at TheCalifornia Art Institute.

I like wot I got. Tried to make as much use as I could of the red hot dried toned canvas leaving things as transparent as chiffon in places. I have recently been painting a lot on this warmer ground. For years I painted on a cool greenish or blue greyed ground and my eye got very used to it.

Some like it hot? Master portraitist Philip De Laszlo http://www.delaszloarchivetrust.com/certainly did and used this technique to great effect through most of his illustrious career. He is one of my to-die-for favorite portrait painters of all time.

The current Queen of England described him recently as a somewhat irritating little man recalling her memories of being painted by him from life at around seven years old. How I would have liked to be irritated by him. His portrait skintones were LUSH!!!

Now you can be irritated by me. LISTEN TO MY RADIO INTERVIEW this week WIH RON TUNICK'S THE BUSINESS OF LIFE SHOW HERE. Thanks Ron!

6 comments:

Roseanne said...

Well done on the interview!!!! FYI, I can harldy see where to post comments hard to read in the light grey font Love the Bally artwork on your page!!!

David Magallanes said...

I enjoyed listening to that interview also, Johanna! It helped that everyone had a sharp sense of humor. Hopefully you'll get some sponsors and won't have to eat "macaroni and cheese." Delightful portrait today!

Portrait Painting By Johanna Spinks said...

THANKS ROSIE..I JUST WORKED OUT HOW TO CORRECT THAT ISSUE. A fresh new blog look for a new year.

Portrait Painting By Johanna Spinks said...

thanks David. Long overdue coffee coming up!

Ruth Andre said...

Lovely portrait. I love it.

Portrait Painting By Johanna Spinks said...

thank you Ruth.