Saturday, January 7, 2017

Annual look at self

As per my tradition, I post a quick self-portrait at the turn of the new year, a little late (also following my own tradition).  Pen on paper, ca. 20 x 25 cm.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Here's another colleague.  She didn't know she was being photographed and painted, and may want to sue me.  In any case, it is Oil on canvas, ca 57 x 57 cm.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Another afternoon

Another Sunday afternoon; oil on board (recycled a couple of times already) , approx 18 x 24 cm.
Crummy photography, comes out too pink.  This is painted with one eye on the computer monitor, with a picture of this relatively famous guy, the other eye on the canvas-covered board.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

This afternoon

This afternoon, I found another picture to paint - this guy is one of my favourite actors for the moment.  
Oil, approx. 18 x 24 cm board

Sunday, January 17, 2016

The other Woody

Another portrait with palette knife in oil, on paper ca. 24 x 30 cm;
The palette knife is not a tool for precision work.
This is done while looking at a picture of the guy on my computer screen.
This looked much more like the original before I put in the eyes.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Aping Louisa

I'm still trying to get a grip on the palette knife, and in this case aping a well-known portrait of a well-known author .. not good, but improved from previous attempts.  The original, by Louisa Matthíasdóttir from 1942, is much larger, and shows the full figure of the author Halldór Laxness, seated, reading.

Oil, approx. 24 x 30 cm

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Selfie 2015 year end

Following my friend Tómas, I have taken up a habit of painting a portrait of myself at the end of each year.  This time it is done in oils, with spatula -which cuts down on precision quite a bit-
This is approximately A4 size, done with a mirror immediately to my left, so it is skewed and different from photographs -a mirror image.  Looks strange to me...

Self portrait, 2015; Oil, approx. 24 x 32 cm

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Some portraits just don't turn out well.  The pictures may look like a person, just not the person that was intended.  Here's an example.  Pretty much nobody recognises the person in this painting, even though it doesn't deviate appreciably from a similar photograph.

Oils, 40 x 60 cm approx.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

New Year's auto portrait 2015

Following recent practice, here's my self-portrait from the new year.  I've been sick ...

This started out as a thick-pencil sketch on newsprint paper (originally gray but now yellowed by age - same as me, I suppose!) where I added some dry pastels for a modicum of colour.

I like using the newsprint sketch paper; it is very soft, and works especially well with charcoal.

The original is about 40 x 55 cm on paper.  This image is made from a photograph (displayed on a computer screen), not a mirror, so that it wouldn't be reversed left-right.  Not that this makes a difference in the outcome since I skipped the spots and scratches acquired over the years.

Monday, December 29, 2014

A small interlude

This is a small picture from November, which I forgot to photograph before I gave it away.
This was done with Water-based Oils, on canvas, maybe 40 x 30 cm, but I forgot to measure it.

Photo has been edited a bit to balance colors and shape.