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"100 Twenty Minute Portraits" - Completed

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It feels great to be finished with my portrait project! I have really enjoyed getting the chance to look back on everything I've worked on since I started in 2012. Here's a recap:

100 different sittings, 77 different people, 37 males, 40 females. After contacting and scheduling from start to finish it took 3 years 3 months and 6 days to finish this project. Starting in November of 2012 (11 portraits), 2013 ( 31 portraits), 2014 (45 portraits), 2015 (8 portraits) and finishing in February 2016 (5 portraits). A little longer than anticipated, but I am happy with how the project came out and with everything I learned throughout the process. They are painted with acrylic on 12"x 9" gessoed paper with limited palette of titanium white, yellow ocher, indian red and mars black.  Here are some links to see all the portraits, the artist statement, and other blog entries:

100 Twenty Minute Portraits           Artist Statement           20 Minute Blog Posts

Below is a selection of nine portraits that I am particularly happy with and feel were successful in capturing the sitter.

20 Minute Portrait ExtraBelow is a selection of nine more portraits that show my learning process during this project. With these I experimented with different paint application and color schemes. While they may not be “successful", no fault to the sitter but to my skill and knowledge at the time, these were a big part of my experience and development in learning more about portraiture. I not only want to share my successful portraits but also the ones that I learned the most from.

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One of the parameters of my project was that I could not paint a single sitter more than three times. There were six total sitters who reached this maximum and their portraits are pictured below. I enjoy seeing how much variation there is even among the same model - many of the dominant features can be recognized in the various portraits though the style and imagery of each one can appear vastly different.

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To everyone who supported the project, either by sitting as a model or offering encouragement, thank you!  I hope to show the work in upcoming exhibits, and also hope to put together a book of the finished product. I will keep you updated on these happenings!

The Final Three Portraits

"100 Twenty Minute Portraits" is completed! As of February 21, 2016, I have finished the final three portraits. It feels great to be done - I'm excited to look back on all of them and reflect on the process.


20 Minute Portraits - Recent Seven

These are the past seven "Twenty Minutes Portraits" that I completed. I am currently at number 97, with only three left to reach my goal of one hundred portraits. The final three have been scheduled, and assuming there are no conflicts that may postpone the portraits I hope to be done very soon!

Four More Portraits

Over the past couple of weeks I have been able to paint four more portraits.  The four sitters from top to bottom are Colleen, Evan, Geoff and Christina.

Few More Portraits

Over the past few weeks I have been able to schedule some more people to sit for the Twenty Minute Portrait Project that I have been working on. Below is an image of the portraits in a group. There are three different sitters. 3portraits3WEB

I have reached a point in this project where I feel comfortable with the process of painting the portraits, including setting up my materials, posing and lighting the sitter, and working in an efficient manner during the small time frame. Because of this, I have felt more inclined to experiment with different painting techniques. Below are images of four portraits. Some have shown to be successful in capturing the sitter while others have provided a chance to learn more about the painting process.




Thank you to those who have volunteered to sit for the portraits. Please feel free to contact me if you're interested in being involved - I look forward to scheduling new sitters for this project. Check out the following links for more information about this project: Twenty Minute Portraits Twenty Minute Portraits Statement Weekend Painting

Weekend Painting

While I was back in my hometown this weekend to celebrate father's day and my birthday, I had a chance to visit with some of my relatives that I hadn't seen in a while. It was great to see them and catch-up, and it also gave me the opportunity to continue working on my twenty minute portrait project. Here's an image of the portraits: 3portraits

I'm glad that I was able to get a few more portraits done this weekend, and I'm hoping to continue working on the project more consistently. If you're interested in being painted as part of the project, please feel free to contact me - I'm always looking for participants.

Here are related links about this project: Twenty Minute Portraits Twenty Minute Portraits Artist Statement

Artist Statement: 100 Twenty Minute Portraits

The project involves painting quick, twenty-minute portraits of family, friends and people I interact with in daily life.  While the project initially aimed to improve my technical skill in regard to portraiture, it also evolved into an exploration of the relationship between the sitter and the painter. Specifically, I became interested in the individual’s experience of being a model, including how they responded to the invitation to sit, how they felt or reacted while being painted, and their reflections on their finished portraits. Furthermore, I began to look at how the painting itself not only reflects characteristics of the sitter, but also my perception of the individual and my relationship with them.

This project will include 100 portraits painted. The portraits are painted from a French easel, which allows for the versatility of painting in various environments while having all necessary materials available. They are painted on 9”x 12” gessoed paper using a limited color palette of acrylic paint, including Titanium White, Mars Black, Indian Red and Yellow Ochre. Upon completion of the project, I hope to exhibit the work as a whole, either in a book or gallery setting.