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Another portrait and some favourite contemporary artists

Here's another portrait I painted a few weeks back - This one is copied from a photo by Lee Jeffries, who received much-deserved acclaim for his series of portraits of the homeless.

I decided to paint this using a very restricted palette - originally I used just burnt sienna, but then added some raw umber and a touch of ultrmarine for the darks, and titanium white for the beard.

As I'm always looking to improve, I have been studying many contemporary artists as well as Old Masters. Its fascinating to see all the different styles of painting, and makes me realise just how much I don't know! I have to remind myself that I've only been doing this for half a year..but patience is not one of my best features ;)

Among my favourite artists are Gregg Kreutz, David A. Leffel and Richard Schmid - these are all widely recognised as some of the best artists living today. I also love Rupert Alexander's work - This talented guy painted the Queen when he was just 23! Can you suggest any more I should look at?

Reader Comments (2)

All those painters you like draw like a photograph which I don't really like the way... your current painting is much better than them. Keep your way!! Btw, my first degree was Art in Japan, I've done oil painting as well ;)

January 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterY.Maxey

Thank you for the compliment! I still feel I have a long way to go but with practise..maybe one day :) I'm trying a landscape next and will post that once I finish.

February 2, 2012 | Registered Commenteramberglow

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