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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:

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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!

The Commission Process - "Cranwell Winter"

I was recently asked to complete a painting of a resort in western MA, and thought it may be helpful to share my process of working on a commission. The painting, which I titled "Cranwell Winter," was completed for a client to give as a wedding gift.  She wanted a painting of the location of the wedding ceremony- the Cranwell Spa & Golf Resort in Lenox, MA.  She had taken photos of the structure and sent them to me.  I used them as well as my own google searches as reference material for the painting.  Along with sending me some images for the subject matter of the painting, we also discussed budget, schedule, size and materials for the commission.  Once we were able to finalize those details, I made some compositional sketches. Below are the client's images and my google research of Cranwell.

After researching and gathering reference I started with some thumb nail sketches 1.75"x 2.25" in size to work out the composition for the painting. I did nine different layouts.  When they were finished I emailed the client and asked her to pick three designs she liked and I developed those further. The client picked sketches number 3, 4, and 8.

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I took the three sketches she picked and did variations on the layouts.  I did them a bit larger than the thumb nails, 3.5"x 4.5", to allow for more detail.  When these were finished I sent them again to the client to choose what the final painting will potentially look like.  They chose number 4.

In between working on the sketches I began priming and toning the canvas. Once the design was decided on I drafted a  template of sketch number 4 at the same size as the canvas (14"x 18") to help speed up the drawing process on the canvas.

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The  images below show the blocking in and development of the painting to it's final finish.

This is the finished painting. The entire process, start to finish, took approximately 3 months. The client and the gift recipient were very happy with the final painting. To learn more about commissioning a project please follow this link: Order Commission

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"Cranwell Winter", oil on canvas, 14"x 18", Jan 2016

 

"In the Ever After", Completed

This week I was able to complete and install the painting. Here are some images of the finished piece hanging in it's final location at the client's residence. painting_images_015 painting_images_016 painting_images_017 painting_images_018

It was gratifying to see the finished product after the months of work I had put into it. I am pleased with how it came out, and am happy that the clients gave me the opportunity to envision and create a unique work for their space.

To learn more about the process of creating this work, please see the previous blog entries on this topic.  They are located under Categories as In the Ever After.

 

In the Studio - "In the Ever After"

The painting is due at the end of this month. I have been working on bringing more life to the painting, and I continue to build layers of paint and refine the details. The process of working on this painting in a small space has proved challenging, though it has been fun to problem solve and make it work. Here are some shots of me clarifying and refining the compostition over the past weeks.

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This painting is entitled "In the Ever After." Please see the previous blog entries for this project to learn more about it's progression:

In the Studio: New Project In the Studio: New Project Update

New Project Install Test

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.

New Project Install Test

The large commissioned painting that I have been working on is almost finished. Currently this painting is installed at the client's house for a test hanging. I have done this in order to see how it looks in the space and determine what changes need to be made. Also, having the client live with the work in the space allows for their suggestions, adjustments and input into the painting process. This painting is entitled "In the Ever After." Please see the previous blog entries for this project to learn more about it's progression:

In the Studio: New Project In the Studio: New Project Update

Below are a few quick installion shots of the painting installed in the space.

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Now that I am able to see the painting in the space, as well as gain feedback from the clients, I will continue working on it in order to have it fully completed in three months.

In the Studio: New Project Update

Welcome to the second installment of "In the Studio," my blog posts that provide a glimpse into my painting process and work at my home studio. I have been busy working on the large, commissioned triptych painting that I introduced earlier in my blog. For those of you who are new to the blog, or would like a quick reminder of this project, please check out my previous entry about the painting - In the Studio: New Project. Most of my work on the painting up to this point has involved planning and preparing what will be on the canvases, including drafting sketches of possible compositions and color-schemes. This prep work has helped make the actual painting process more efficient now that I have begun applying paint.

Currently all three canvases are covered with paint and include the bigger elements of the composition. My next step is fine tuning - intensifying the color, building textures and variations in brushwork and getting it to breathe and glow from within.

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As you can see, it is difficult to fit the canvases in the small space, but I have worked out a system. Stay tuned for more updates on this project, which is set to be installed on August 10th.

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.

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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

In the Studio: New Project

Studio "In the Studio" will be a continuing segment over the course of this blog about work and projects that are being done in this space.  With these segments, I hope to share with the reader what I am working on and possibly even how this small space changes and adapts to each project, in order to give insight into my work process. As you can see in the photo, it is a small space where big things happen.

I am currently beginning a new commissioned project that I am very excited about. The project is for a site specific location in a private residence, and poses many interesting challenges. Specifically, the space in which the finished work will hang is large and will be viewed from many angles. Therefore, the orientation of the work must fit the space and be appealing from all viewpoints. Also, fitting the large canvases in my studio in order to view them as I work has proved difficult. However, along with these challenges, I have had much freedom and involvement in the decision making process, and am confident that the piece will be enjoyed by the patrons and compliment the house that it will be placed in.

The location where the painting will be hung is at the top of a large, open staircase by the entryway of the house. Images of this can be seen below.

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The patrons and I discussed how to best orient a large painting to fit the area, and decided upon a triptych (three canvases to create one piece of work) set-up to avoid obstruction from the hand rails. The center canvas will replace the mirror seen in the images above, and the two smaller canvases will be placed on each side, above the sight lines of the hand rails.

I have purchased supplies as well as the canvases for the project and have re-primed them in order to make a more substantial surface to paint on. The dimensions of each canvas are 24"x 36", 72"x 48", and 24"x 36". Below are images of the canvas layout as well as the process of priming.

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Now that the canvases are ready, I am in the process of making composition studies for the final painting. With the help of the patrons, I have decided on specific colors and themes, and now hope to finalize the composition and begin painting. Check back for updates on this project as I continue working.

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.

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