Saturday, August 3, 2013

Final version of the previous posting

(Except I realize now that I have overpainted the signature block, and need to add that)

Tuesday, July 16, 2013


This is how I started the roughly 40 by 50 cm water-based oil portrait of a colleague. This is already the second attempt, as the first one was overloaded with featureless black clothing. I tried this scheme instead.
I felt the background colour was overshadowing, if that is the word, the foreground, so I tried to change it to some contrasting colour.

So this is the state of things, as I put it on hold.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Another WBO attempt

Here's another attempt at a portrait with water-based oils. Another colleague. I did some darkening and color-correction in Gimp, on the last photo, to improve the awful photograph quality. It still is a bit fuzzy, owing to camera shake and/or insufficient light.

This is 40 x 50 cm on cotton canvas, WBOils,

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Second WBO (Water Based Oils) portrait - Antony

Here, I have attempted to paint a colleague with skin close to the darker end of the scale. My previous attempts of painting dark human skin have yielded varied results, to say the least.

Starting out with a fairly accurate drawing, and awful background (I seem to have NO sense for colour combination):

Here, the face is worked in and reasonably similar to the model:

I felt the background was awfully flat, and the shirt needed some strengthening:

This is not too far off the original. Now this has to sit for a week or more, as the WBO takes forever to dry. I will add, though, that the facial expression on the photograph seems more stern than that of the painting, when viewed directly. What could be the reason for that??

Water-based Oils on canvas, approx. 46 x 61 cm

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Halfway done

This picture is halfway done, but I won't finish it, as it is going the wrong way. Too much detail and yet not enough. Or vice-versa. Was inspired by an old photograph someone posted on the web, somewhere.

Fiddled with Gimp, to remove some glare from photographing the painting in the sunshine.

Size 46 x 60 cm, water-soluble oils (my first attempt with such)

Sunday, April 14, 2013


Here's an oil painting, the first oil portrait I attempt in "full size" 46 x 60 cm. The subject is a colleague, who may or may not be recognisable from the painting. To protect the innocent, no names are divulged.
True to (my) form, the photo is bad, with reflections off the glossy black background. The reflections are not evident in the painting itself, so I crudely edited these out by 'spray painting' the background a bit with very dark brown.
Oil on canvas, 46 x 60 cm.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

An Oily Autoportrait

Another small portrait in oil, on board with canvas-like surface.

This is my second oil portrait attempt, of the only subject willing to sit still long enough to be painted .. this is a mirror image, of course.

After posting this here, I thought maybe it would look better (less anemic) if I changed the background color, so here's a different version. (I also made a few small edits.) The original is gone.

Oil, on board, approx. 13 x 17 cm

Saturday, January 19, 2013

First Oil

This is my first portrait in oils. A fine picture, but unfortunately nothing like the model, a friend who shall remain nameless until I do a better one of him.

This is oil on canvas-stretched on a 13 x 17 cm board.

It is hard to get the details right on such a small scale, which is my excuse, and I'm sticking to it...

Sunday, January 6, 2013

"The Kiss"

With appropriate apologies to Klimt's inheritors, here's my rendition of a wedding photo. Friends of mine got married recently, and although the picture can be seen as a cheap spoof -which may be true as far as the layout is concerned- that doesn't mean I am not sincere in my best wishes for the couple.

Anyhow, Acrylics on canvas, 60 x 80 cm