Portrait Artist of the Week

The series Portrait Artist of the Year, a portrait artist competition held in Britain, decided to do a virtual competition on Facebook. The annual competition is a delight to watch where artists paints celebrity models in rounds to eventually win a commission to paint a prominent celebrity. For the virtual competition there was a model a week. Past winners of the competition are invited to paint the prominent model. Facebook viewers are invited to paint along to work from a screen shot and Then submit their portraits to be pick for first, second or third place winner for that week.

I was delighted to participate. I definitely got my practice in. So below are 8 of the 9 people painted. I used a limited palette of titanium white, yellow ochre, cadmium red and ivory black. Though sometime I would used burnt umber and ultramarine blue to make black. I discovered that when mixing the black this way I can make it as cool or warm when I needed it. It was a good time to experiment with different palette arrangements.

Oil Portraits Paintings

These paintings were done back in 2015 and 2016 when I was often attending the open sessions at Patris Studio. I have to say they are not as bad as I thought. But I do need to go back and painting portraits again. Maybe that would be one of my New Year’s resolution.

Portrait of Zane

I finally was able to attend an open session at Patris Studio. It was good to be there drawing and painting from life. I started off with a pencil drawing which took about an hour. The next two hours was painting in oils with the Zorn limited palette – titanium white, ivory black, cadmium red and yellow ochre.

The last painting was done at home from a photo.

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Zane, 12 x 9 inches graphite and charcoal on toned paper
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Zane 1, 8 x 6 inches oil on canvas panel
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Zane 2, 10 x 8 inches oil on canvas panel

Derby Hat Girl

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Derby Hat Girl, 6 x 8 inches oil on canvas panel by Marlene Lee

A few years ago I painted this model in a live session. Fortunately I took a photo of her and found it recently. I still remember the look she had when posing in this derby hat.

Available for purchase at my Etsy shop.

Young Girl

Still working only with Zorn palette; a limited palette of just four colors; titanium white, ivory black, yellow ochre, and cadmium red. Even with just those four, I feel there is so much colors I can reproduce. The Zorn palette works well with portraits and figures but with landscapes and still not quite sure.

Since the photo was from Pinterest and probably copyrighted, I cannot sell the painting.

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Young Girl, 8 x 6 inches oil on canvas panel

Matthew’s Hair

My youngest son loves to style his hair. When he was around 10, he grew it very long and would swing his head around to flip his hair around. Now in his 20s he shaves the sides very close and leave the top long.

This was painted from a photo.

I’m available for commissions. More info in my Etsy shop at https://www.etsy.com/listing/216684232/custom-family-oil-paintings-8-x-10?ref=shop_home_feat_2

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Matthew’s Hair by Marlene Lee, 8 x 10 oil on panel