In honor of finishing a massive self portrait about the contents of my head, here is my first project for my painting studio this semester with Rebecca Morgan. I’m going to learn a lot from her this semester, and I’m so excited for it.
(Including a picture of this featuring myself for size)
Pair of 18thC English portraits by John Russell RA, of Charles Eliott and his wife, Eling Venn. Pastel on paper in gold frames, the second signed and dated 1789. Russell was official Painter-in-Crayon to George III and the Royal family from 1790, and was regarded as one of the top British portraitists of his generation. Charles Elliott was a West End furniture-maker by Royal appointment who prepared the carriage for Admiral Nelson’s funeral in 1805. Both he and his wife were associated with the Clapham Sect of Church of England social reformers, who campaigned, amongst other things, for the abolition of the Slave Trade.
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Finished. Swipe left to see progress made. Many of you were very nice and supportive / praising when I posted his portrait earlier. But it wasn't quite ready yet. Think the stubble helped. :) It was my first portrait. Wondering who to paint next...
#tbt to this 16ft long senior thesis piece. I remember feeling so gratified and accomplished when I completed this piece. Probably the most “paint for yourself” piece I have ever done. I created it with the intention that it would never sell but it would provoke a thought and my overall message. I was 100% okay and happy with just displaying it even if it was just once. I wish I still felt this way when creating work but when you take on a passion full time, you adapt new worries... unfortunately selling your work is one of them. One day I want to be able to get back to where I was three years ago. I want to get back to this series and expand upon it and create even larger pieces. My goal was to fill one room with hundreds of parallel faces. It is still my goal. Maybe one day! ✌🏽
1/2 #throwbackthursday over the holiday I found my sketchbook from grade 9. It was such a big creative year for me, it was when I began doing portraits and really trying to advance my skill and eye. The book certainly shows the period of most growth for me as an artist. While many of the photos I have posted so far are from throughout my high school and university periods, I especially see this art book as more of a throwback because it is where I truly began my artistic development instead of showcasing it. #portraits#portraitpainting#portraitartist#sketchbook#sketches#sketching#sketchoftheday#artist