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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Palette Knife Portraits

Posting the finished palette knife sketch from my teaching class start at The California Art Institute last week. It's come quite a long way in one more go at it with a fresh eye. I had to finish Mather's likeness from my head but I like doing that sometimes.

The staggeringly wonderful Robert Henri (author of the art bible The Art Spirit) suggested artists go into a life painting room, look at the model and the pose, and then go into a completely different room to paint what you could remember from your time observing the model.

I find I can usually remember more than I think and I think Henri was onto something!
The Art Spirit
12 x 16"
NFS
oil on linen via palette knife
copyright Johanna Spinks




Close-up


3 comments:

Lisa S. said...

This turned out so beautiful!
Thankyou for posting a close up also so we can see all the pretty colors in her face. Really nice.

Portrait Painting By Johanna Spinks said...

Thanks Lisa S...I had fun with this one!

Portrait Painting By Johanna Spinks said...

Thanks Lisa S...I had fun with this one!