Portrait Study

"Portrait Study"
7x7 oil on Masonite
© 2009 Carol Horzempa

This is my contribution to the year-end portrait swap on Karin Jurick's Different Strokes from Different Folks blog. Thanks to Karin Jurick this has been a great year of challenges for fellow artist.

I had a lot of fun with this challenge and tried not to labor over getting a perfect likeness. My main goal was to keep it fresh and try to capture this artist's spirit. This study was painted with Raw Sienna and a touch of Ultramarine Blue on a gessoed masonite panel.

I think I know who this artist is and had a great photo to work from. He will be doing my portrait in exchange and I can't wait to see it.

36 comments:

  1. Love it, great idea to paint the portrait monochrome, i am sure the other artist will love it.

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  2. Carol, this is a fabulous response to the photograph. Great work!

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  3. Beautiful Carol. Simple yet so elegant and I think your likeness is right on!

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  4. Nice feel with the mono treatment! Great likeness - he will love it!

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  5. Wonderful work, Carol! I like the monochrome sketchy looseness. You nailed the likeness too.

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  6. I just love a value/monocromatic painting. This has nice movement, intensity and drama.

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  7. Really great job, it has a strong masculine, dare I say rugged cowboyish quality to it.

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  8. Wonderful job with the portrait, Carol, it definitely has a fresh look to it.

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  9. Great job, Carol. I think pulling it off this well in monotone is difficult. You captured the likeness completely.

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  10. I agree with Dana, very rugged and masculine. I really like your response to this photo; outstanding!

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  11. bravo!
    The look in his eyes is so good captured, and the light is extra!

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  12. Hi Carol, Yes...I love my portrait ! It's one of the most "artistic" and "loosely" painted portrait of this challenge. Likeness is close to how I see myself, but of course, this is always a subjective matter. I really love the material you used, it creats a special atmosphere. Great use of the light. You certainly have great skills. I already have a few versions of your portrait (one pencil, one pastel) but if I find the time (I have a fulltime job to do) I wanna try to make a bister and acryl painting version to.

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  13. Well painted Carol. The lights are very strong, and I think you created a great likeness.

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  14. Wonderful portrait Carol! Love the tonal wash...it has a great, ruggedly handsome and illustrative quality to it.

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  15. Carol, you have really excelled at this one! Your interpretation is an A+!

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  16. Thanks to all who have left comments my portrait, I am very appreciative for all your kind words.

    To the artist I painted...so exciting to hear from you and glad you "love" it! Sorry my photo isn't going to be as easy to work with.

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  17. As always, another great work from you! Bravo!

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  18. OOH! This is one of my favorites from the challenge!

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  19. This is so powerful, and works so well with the limited color. An excellent ectry into this challenge!

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  20. Nice Carol!
    I haven't been around for awhile (dsfdf), nice to see your work again - this is great!
    Tres

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  21. very very nice, Carol. Good choice for doing this painting.

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  22. I love your interpretations. Great style.

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  23. Carol, this is fantastic. Great likeness, and you captured real strength in the pose. Super portrait.
    Hope your holidays have been wonderful, and that 2010 brings all good things your way. Liz

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  24. Wow... great cropping and composition. You brought out the dramatic lighting with the single color rendering. As always your work impresses and inspires me. Have a wonderful New Year Carol and may you continue to receive many blessings.

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  25. Hello Carol, Thx for your comment. It's a strange thing how we see ourselves and eachother. I had the impression that your face on the coloured drawing was too long. But if you like this one that's ok with me of course. :-) In general I think this portrait challenge has a high level. I hadn't made many portraits before but the challenge certainly inspired me to do some more in 2010. Happy New Year ! Luc Schuddinck, Belgium.

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  26. Great job Carol. Love the brushwork and flow of the paint.

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  27. Wonderful job Carol! This is definitely one of my favorites among the entries. I'm going to try this method for a portrait sketch of my husband right away! You set a high bar!

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  28. I like your choice of just using one colour, I almost did that, too. Keep up the good work!

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  29. It is such a beautiful portrait, Carol!

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  30. Carol, Luc looks handsome and you have captured that so well! I have also liked all your earlier DSFDF entries over the months and they stand out.

    Thanks for your encouraging comments. Glad you stopped by. Looking forward to see your new work in 2010!

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  31. Carol, a real masterpiece, once again!

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  32. Hi Carol, very interesting work. You really catch the atmosphere.

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  33. Carol, the use of one colour fits perfectly with his rugged features. By using one colour, maybe a painting of my husband will make him look as rugged! Love it. Happy New Year.

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