Recently I finished a commissioned oil portrait. The man in the portrait is Pete, and his daughter commissioned the painting. From what I understand, Pete is an amazing father, so of course one of his daughters thought it was appropriate to have an oil painting of him. I really enjoyed working on this. He has a lot of character in his face that was both a challenge, and a pleasure to capture. When doing a commission, I give the client the option of: do I represent the person as is, or do you want me to rewind time? (i.e. wrinkles or no wrinkles or subtle wrinkles) I prefer the former, largely because I enjoy painting realistically and painting wrinkles. One of my earlier influences was (and still is) Chuck Close. That man really knows how to capture a person, "flaws" and everything. To me, that is truly beautiful.
Before I show you my recent portrait, let's travel back in time a bit. I was a sophomore in high school and for art class we were to create a large charcoal portrait from a photograph. I have always drawn people. I fell in love with a photograph of B.B. King but doubted my abilities to draw him. My art teacher was more confident in my abilities than I was, so she encouraged me to try. This is what I drew:
|"B.B. King" chalk and charcoal, 2000. art by Heather Clements|
I LOVED drawing this and was quite happy with the results. This drawing not only got me minor fame among my high school (I was 'that girl who drew that portrait') but it was the first real artwork I sold. Who bought it? The very teacher who encouraged me to draw it.
From then on I have always loved drawing wrinkles, blemishes, hairs, and all the other details that make a person real and human.
So I was happy when the decision was for me to paint a father - wrinkles and all.
So, meet Pete:
|"Pete" commissioned portrait . oil painting . 11"x14" . art by Heather Clements|
|Progress in the studio|
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