Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Mick

Mick
Watercolour 28.5cm x 38cm
I must be getting tired as the years end draws in as unusually for me I was at a bit of a loss on Saturday afternoon for inspiration to paint. I had put my open sign out so I needed to be in my studio working. I flipped through some magazines and found a great full page size photo of Mick Lanagan a volunteer in the Bush with the Royal Flying Doctors Service. I needed to push myself with a challenge and not being a portrait painter I decided to try to capture him in watercolour and without laying down a drawing first. I started with his eyes and soon three hours had flown past with not much interruption from visitors and voila! I had Mick on paper and was quite surprised that I had his likeness to about 95%.
Thank you to the photographer Leon Mead who gave his blessing for me to share my experience here.

I so love the freedom of painting without any initial drawing and it is by far my most preferred method so to practise it with any subject is really helping my observation skills.

10 comments:

  1. If you don't do portraits this is really good. You should do more!

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  2. Wow, Lorraine, I can imagine you captured Mick perfectly. His personality really shines.

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  3. Lovely portrait! You captured him well.

    I wanted to let you know I sent you an email about the blog hop from joantav3@gmail , so it isn't spam and please don't ignore it. lol I know some things come into my mail and if it isn't a familiar address I will not open it.

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  4. Now I don't know who the person is , but it's an awesome portrait, love the freedom with which you used the color , so great ! You should definitely do more portraits !

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  5. Thanks quite an accomplishment to paint a portrait without drawing first! It's great, too - love the eyes.

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  6. WELL DONE!!! Beautiful portrait,dear Lorraine.

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  7. Thank you dear blogging friends, encouragement is something we all need. Leon the photographer took a look and said I had done well with this chaps likeness, so this is a good portrait start

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  8. I think you should definitely explore portrait painting in the year ahead. Full of personality, Lorraine. Well done.

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  9. Marvelous portrait Lorraine. Your dedication always shines forth and this painting tells of your expertise.

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