Commission work

In early 2012, I was given the opportunity by a local community bank, to create a portrait of their founder, who in late 2011, passed away after an extended illness. Even though I had been out of the studio for such a long time (see blog from November 2012), I knew this was something I wanted to do. I couldn’t imagine a better way to show my appreciation for Doug and his ever present compassion for people.
This painting consumed much of my studio time last year. I spent many hours and many canvas on experimenting with color, values and getting my drawing skills back, before getting down to business with the final painting you see here. The painting now hangs in the bank board room.
“Doug” Oil on canvas, 18 x 24.

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Sketches January

I’ve completed my commission piece. But out of respect for the family, I will not post it yet. They haven’t seen it, and I’d certainly prefer they see the actual piece, before I do so. The piece is of a local businessman, a friend, and family man who passed away in late 2011. The painting was commissioned by a local community bank, which he founded. The bank has the painting now, but family hasn’t had the chance to see it yet. A private viewing will take place when they are ready to see it.
So, when timing is right I will post my efforts. Until then, I continue to spend what time I can, in the studio playing with color, sketching and painting with my favorite medium, oil. Here are a couple of my 3 hour sketches from the past week or so. I suppose I should explain that my full time career is in engineering, and I really don’t get much time to “play” like this. Weekends are about my only time in the studio. Otherwise, there would be many more sketches…

This one is from a photo taken from the Wetcanvas.com reference library. 9 x 12, oil on canvas board.

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And this one is taken from a stock photo from Tracie767stock on devianart.com. 12 x 9, oil on canvas board. I absolutely loved playing with this portrait. I feel it turned out pretty good, considering I almost scrapped the sketch three times before getting to this point. But, keeping with it, I was able to learn from mistakes and get the painting to a fairly completed feel. Again, these are just practice sketches. The whole intent, is to keep a brush in my hand, and to keep the ol’ hand to eye coordination in tune.

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