Friday, March 23, 2012


Arches cp, 23 x 28 cm
This was my second and more successful attempt at this and my model approved it after a brief glance. Though, I don't think he noticed the yellows and purples. In fact, I used just a basic palette of Raw sienna, Quin. red and Cerulean for the face, plus Burnt sienna and Ultramarine for the darks. Despite the recommendations to mix the colors on the paper, I found it much easier to produce the darker values by premixing them on the palette. That's  how the purple appeared. I liked it, so I made it the dominant color. I have been realizing lately the way greater significance of value versus color - a text book truth, but you have to reach it on your own, nevertheless...


Jane said...

Blaga you are very good at doing portraits, this is really good, the model should be proud. The way you did the hair is fantastic!

Judy said...

Your portraits are very good, Blaga, and this one is just perfect! Your explanation of the color use is very interesting, funny that purple turned out the dominant color! The hair is fabulous!

Rita Vaselli said...

A beautiful lively portrait!Blaga, YOU have a GREAT talent to CAPTURE THE CHARACTER of the people who portray!

renate said...

Hello Blaga:) Love the way you painted this portrait. The shadows on the face came out perfect!
I also tryed mixing paint on the paper but find it more comfortable doing it on my pallette.
Great job!

Lydie said...

Wow Blagga, it's just perfect ! Congrats !!!

Tito said...

Absolutely beautiful portrait, Blaga! I would say.....perfect! Ciao.

Floriana Quaini said...

Ciao Blaga,
Beatiful this portrait because tell us his personality...and this is the most important thing of a portrait
I also am trying to paint portraits
and is the subject I like more.
Ciao, a presto, Floriana

Blaga said...

Jane, Judy, Rita, I like painting portraits, but a good portion of them end in the bin. I am quite happy with this one, though, and I'm glad that you like it. Thank you!

Renate, with portraits I manage to create much more mud that with any other subject, due to the impulse to correct things, before the paint has dried. So, premixing seems like a good idea, at least at this stage. Thank you, for your comment!

Thank you, Lydie!
Thank you, Tito!
I'm so glad you like it!

Thank you, Floriana! Even my super critical mother said that his portrait is "almost 100% successful", so it must be a good likeness :) Thank you for your nice words!

Sadami said...

Lovely work that captures the model's personality and mood well. Congrats. Your colour use is very impressive.
Kind regards,Sadami

Nora MacPhail said...

You've really captured a lovely smile on him. Good job with the hair!

Blaga said...

Thank you, Sadami!

Thank you, Nora!