The demonstration this month, Expressive Portraits in Oils by Peter Keegan, was very well received. Much of Peter’s time is spent working in his studio at The Courtyard Art Studio – http://www.thecourtyardartstudio.com
Judging from the excellent portraits on display
We are in for a good demonstration today
With oil paint and low odour turpentine
Mapping out the face with straight lines looks fine
Working from a photo of Cheryl on his iPad
Comparing the head shape to a rugby ball I might add.
Using sap green,raw umber and ultra marine blue
white ,cadmium red ,yellow and alizarin too
Squint,the easier it is to see the tonal value
An excellent tip that’s what we all need to do
To create a likeness constantly compare parts of the face
It’s important to get the eyes correct and in the right place.
When modelling the eye area work from dark to light
With a few skilful strokes from his brush it looked just right
Painting portraits should always come from the heart
Always get to know your sitter before you start
Peter filled our heads with loads of useful information
While working on Cheryl’s complete transformation.
Portraits produce zero room for error we knew
So oils are easier than watercolours it’s true
By the end he produced an excellent likeness
With a skill that looked so completely effortless
Definition of a portrait with his own words of wisdom
“A moment in time”captured between two people just AWESOM.