Portrait Artist of the Week

The series Portrait Artist of the Year, a portrait artist competition held in Britain, decided to do a virtual competition on Facebook. The annual competition is a delight to watch where artists paints celebrity models in rounds to eventually win a commission to paint a prominent celebrity. For the virtual competition there was a model a week. Past winners of the competition are invited to paint the prominent model. Facebook viewers are invited to paint along to work from a screen shot and Then submit their portraits to be pick for first, second or third place winner for that week.

I was delighted to participate. I definitely got my practice in. So below are 8 of the 9 people painted. I used a limited palette of titanium white, yellow ochre, cadmium red and ivory black. Though sometime I would used burnt umber and ultramarine blue to make black. I discovered that when mixing the black this way I can make it as cool or warm when I needed it. It was a good time to experiment with different palette arrangements.


Done at Patris’ Studio. 3-hour pose by this young woman, a teenager. But as always I tend to make young people look much older. Limited palette, Zorn – ivory black,┬ácadmium red, yellow ochre and titanium white.

Work in progress paintings are featured on my Facebook fan page, MarleneLeeArt.

Abby @ Patris 121415
Abby, oil on linen panel, 10 x 8 inches

Oil on “Mylar”

An artist friend gave me a sheet of “mylar” to try. There’s another name for it – duomar or something like that. He had toned it with burnt sienna, otherwise it was usually clear. It’s slick to work with so I had to make sure one brushstroke at a time. Interesting effect. Maybe I’ll work more with it.

Sri, oil on “mylar”, 10 x 12 inches


I started back to a drop-in session for the long pose. Still following the Zorn palette of titanium white, ivory black, yellow ochre and cadmium red.