Thursday, October 21, 2010

WEEKLY PORTRAIT: ANGST

No one I know.  Trying to capture what I thought the face showed.



It needs a few darks - maybe.  But if I touch it again, I'll set a timer for no more than 15 minutes and then touch in some darks.  Or maybe it just needs some darks in the background...

Or maybe it just needs to be left alone! (Or add more green because, right now, he has a Frankenstein look to him.)

9 comments:

Gary L. Everest Paintings said...

Rhonda,
Just spent a few minutes looking at this portrait enlarged and once I got "Frankenstein" out of my head, was, and am, impressed.
A few darker darks are always fine, but what I focused on was the pose, the gaze and the sense I had that this was a real, living, breathing person.
Well Done.
Gary.

Gretchen Bjornson ART said...

You really get a sense of expression in his face. I really like what's going on around his eyes....colors, details. You know Halloween is next week...you always could go the Frankenstein route, although I don't think he looks that way.

Teresa Palomar Lois said...

I agree about the darks Rhonda and find interesting the approach of applying them during a limited time, it should be a good training (and quite frightening too, right?). On another note I thing the more greyish tone in some areas of his skin doesn't look like there's color missing, on the contrary I thought it was done on purpouse since it builds on the angsty feeling, well done!

debwardart said...

He may be a bit "Frankenstein" but I agree - you have a good sense of a real person with a worried or concerned expression. Figure this is complete and move on while you are "in the groove" - just play with these for a while, don't concern yourself with a finished piece - you will progress at a rapid pace if you take away your "Angst"!!!

RHCarpenter said...

Thanks, Gary, Gretchen, Deb and Teresa. Teresa, the grey was on purpose, to simulate a hint of a beard that hasn't been shaved in a day or so. Deb, you might be right - just do more and let them be studies and WIPS (if I see any that should carry on into paintings).

Ann Buckner said...

Rhonda, I looked at this when you first posted and thought I had posted a comment. I love the expressiveness of this painting. How you created movement and made me think when I viewed it.

RHCarpenter said...

Thanks, Ann. Your portrait work is beautiful so I am glad you got something out of seeing this one of mine.

Irina said...

Very dynamic portrait. Now I have to found out how you achieved this movement))

RHCarpenter said...

Irina, I did a lot of it wet-in-wet and let the paint flow.