Two hour oil sketch

Author: gwendoline  |  Category: Oil Painting
Oil 2 hour sketch 16x20

2 hour sketch

This two hour oil sketch was demonstrated at the Victorian Artists Society’s Portrait Week Opening Night 2013.  Ray Wilson kindly accepted my invitation for him to sit for this quick study.  I had all sorts of problems before I began. As the spotlight was too bright to shine on anyone,  I abandoned it and had to make do with overhead lighting which didn’t create any sort of  shadow.  For a quick sketch, it is so much easier to paint a portrait if there is a source of light coming from one direction and some of the detail can be obscured within it.  The pattern of shadow automatically gives a likeness without having to paint in any features.  In this case, I concentrated on painting the subtle planes on the face before I started to finish the features.