Davis Art Open Studio – a Success!

The past weekend 28 artists in Davis open up their studios for visitors and possible sales. This was the second year for me. And I realized after this weekend that it will a part of my art yearly event.

This portrait is number 34 of oil portraits paintings that I had been doing in the Zorn palette. I wasn’t planning to sell it. It was laid out to dry completely and then later to be scan. But a dear friend wanted it and is interested in buying it.

Young Man with the Pigtails, oil on canvas paper, 10 x 8 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.


Young Man with Bushy Beard

One of my students had told me of a website that had great photo references for faces – Portraits for Drawing. It’s from there that I painted this portrait.

young man with bushy beard May2015 oil 6x4

I felt pretty good about this painting. I was careful with my brushstrokes that is not to blend too early but simply paint tiles of colors.

Size is 8 x 6 inches.

I’ve been watching a lot of videos by Zimou Tan. Most of his demos of alla prima portraits are small and are finished within 3 hours. So I follow suit. Instead of working 9 x 12’s which usually takes much longer to complete, I’ll just work in a 6 x 8 format.

The Finish of the 6-Hour Pose

Last Tuesday was the last 3 hours of the 6-Hour pose at Paulo Ruvalcabo’s alla prima class at the School of Light and Color.

Here’s the previous post on the first 6 hour – https://marleneleeart.com/2015/04/29/6-hour-pose/.

What I took from here is something I had heard before but now is sinking it – The sphere shape in rendering the values from shadows to light. Areas to pay close attention to is around the forehead, along the cheekbones, around the jaw line, the transition on the nose planes from side to top and then to the other side, the roundness of the eyelids and the roundness of the lips.

Another point that I have finally become more aware of is that different colors of the same values can be blended in. I’m a bit still uncertain how to deal with this new knowledge but I still need to think in values even though colors are introduced.

Anyway I’m happy with the results. I found spending longer forces me to developed the painting more and even taking the time to correct. Lesson well learned!
Michael 050812 oil 14x11