Tuesday, July 24, 2012


When I first watched David Lobenberg's new DVD, Painting Portraits in Paynes Gray, I had to try it.  Since he included a nice photo to use in the DVD box, I just copied it in black and white, enlarged it a bit and then traced it onto tracing paper; transferred it to an eighth sheet of Fabriano Artistico watercolor paper (140# cold press) and started. 

I got as far as Step 1 and then life took over. 

I do intend to do the other Steps - after watching them again on the DVD.

If you would like to learn more about painting portraits in a single pigment, you won't go wrong getting in touch with David and ordering his DVD.  There is nothing stiff or controlled about his painting and you'll love it if you want that loose, carefree look in your portraits of your friends and family.

I'll share more when I get more time to continue on this one.  (As you can see, her chin has gotten misshapen when I was working with the paint - but David says don't panic and don't worry and don't go back in and fiddle with the paint so I let it dry and will "fix" it when I do Steps 2 and 3.)

For more information on his DVD, go to my post here:


As for me, I'm going to take some time and watch Steps 1 and 2 again today and try to get some time to paint my Step 2 and see how she turns out.  Because David insists of giving your painting stopping times, it's okay to just do a step, take a break or a day or two, do another step, take another break, etc.  No feeling of being overwhelmed and rushed that you need to get it done all in one day.

So I guess his style is a kind of glazing - but only partial glazing over some areas each time, each area getting smaller and smaller as you continue to work and focus on certain aspects of the portrait.  (My color photographed a bit more blue than it is - it's the Winsor Newton Paynes Gray, like Professor Lobenberg uses.)


Vicki Holdwick said...

Wastsy 46I love David's blog and his portraits. I am so happy to see what you are doing and can't wait to see how she looks after the next step.

She looks quite nice so far and I believe him when he says you can fix the chin in the next step.


Joan Sandford-Cook said...

I reckon its great as it is - You are always trying new things - I do admire that.

Sharon Whitley said...

Looking forward to seeing this develop - I've been following your blog for a while and just realised even though I've had you on the blog list on my side bar, I hadn't actually clicked the 'follow me' tab! Think I may have done that with a few blogs duh!

RH Carpenter said...

Vicki, Joan, Sharon, thanks so much for the positive comments :)

Lisa Le Quelenec said...

Interesting stuff! I like the expression you have captured and am looking forward to seeing it develop. The colour swatches in your previous post were great but they do mean I'm going to be spending more pennies on new paint.... sigh... ;O)
Best wishes.

Mick Carney said...

Really enjoying this approach. It's ideal for deciding where the important value delineations should lie. You are making a fine job of this.

Laura Moore said...

This is interesting especially using paynes grey too as some artists just avoid it at all costs. Glad to see it's being used. I admire your approach with portraits too. They are probably the hardest thing for me. Take care. Laura x

jgr said...

Rhonda, this looks great! Also I love the idea of being able to 'fix' things with the next layer.

CrimsonLeaves said...

A great start, Rhonda. I love how you are always seeking to learn new methods and ways of thought with your art.

Barbra Joan said...

Rhonda, I've always liked painting in sepia, so this facinates me.
It's going very well and looking forward to your progress..


RH Carpenter said...

Sorry, Lisa :( ha ha We artists love to buy new pigments!!

Thanks, Mick and Laura!

Laura, I've heard the same thing about Paynes Gray - it's a "dead" color and don't use it. But it doesn't seem that way at all - a lovely blue-grey color that lifts well and flows well.

Thanks, Jane and Sherry. The next step is done and I'll share that Thursday - stay tuned!

Caroline Simmill said...

You can learn so much by working this way Rhonda and it keeps life simple at times when trying to work out what colours to use. You are making great progress and it sounds like you are enjoying yourself too.

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks, Caroline. It does simplify things into shapes - you don't have to worry about colors and blending and all that with this technique. Should be a good way for me to begin a painting - perhaps a small start in Paynes Gray and then a larger color version after I've worked out the shapes? We'll see. Right now I'm having a hard time making myself do much at all but I keep doing little things - bits and pieces - until I get more enthusiastic.