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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Mini Portrait #12

I haven't done many paintings with "rim-light" . . . so this was a treat. It's that little bit of light that hugs the edge when the object is lighted from the side. Another goal here is trying to find a true representation of white, which even though in shadow it is very dark. Also focusing on glow and reflected light, striving to again capture the "light on the planes." I am not sure I succeeded with this mini portrait, but it was fun to try.

A couple years ago, my Dad grew a mustache and goatee. He was asked to portray William Henry Jackson at a centennial celebration of their local Scottsbluff National Monument (click for more information on the park and that connection.) He had a lot of fun with that, and folks claimed he looked just like the historical photographer. Later that year, he and Mom visited us here and we took them up to Leavenworth. My Dad, also an avid photographer, went crazy capturing a plethora of picturesque old Bavarian scenes. In one shop, he slithered into a gap between a display wall and an outside window to photograph the streets below. This mini portrait derives from my photograph of him checking his camera.

7 comments:

Lapoynte said...

Oh Laura, this is good!

Laura G said...

Jim, I find I get so mixed up when painting some of these -- that I actually do better when painting them upside down. Too bad I can't do that with William at figure drawing class. And it would be mighty hard to do when working out of doors, unless I painted everything bent over viewed from between my legs (that's a scary image). Haha.

Jim Bumgarner said...

Hi Laura, (I think you meant, "Dave," but that's ok.) I think you handled the various "light" elements very well here. Oh, and btw, Dave often draws like that - bent over looking between his legs.

Terrie said...

I LOVE this one. The colors, the intentness of the face, the white hair, the hat with the light on the brim. My favorite so far.

Laura Gable said...

Gosh Jim/Dave how did I get you mixed up. I'd love to see him paint like that. Thank you Terrie, I'm happier with this one than the others. Feels more like a painting than a drawing (finally). And Accidental Bavarian, thank you for the tip. We will check you out. We often get up there and don't know what to do other than shop, and eat.

BobiWilson said...

Oh my, this is my favorite yet. Like Terrie said, the look, the colors, the light, the mood, the man... and the story. yummy...

Lapoynte said...

Laura, Jim is wrong, I never paint that way, Jim just thinks I am. Sadly, because of advanced age, Jim doesn't always know which end is up.