Monday, August 17, 2009

Portrait of Honoria Starbuck - WIP

I have a big collection of my earlier paintings done in acrylic at Austin Figurative Gallery. I intend to rework and finish out as many of them as I can, as most of them are pretty much sketches (often done in 15 minutes or less). This portrait started that way; one night at AFG the model didn't show up so we all took turns sitting. This is the Austin artist Honoria Starbuck. I might turn the background into an indoor or abstract setting and her blouse is just mostly blocked in. From the bottom up are: the original sketch (I like the fresh colors and spontaneity of it) and then yesterday's oil version, and at the top, today's version with a face close-up. 20 x 24 oil on canvas.


Dana Cooper Fine Art said...

Great job on this portrait Camille! I love the soft color you used to sketch out in the initial stages which set the tone for the soft, lovely results...thanks for the WIP photos too!

Gary Keimig said...

you have brought it around very nicely, Cammile. Are you still thinking of a diffeent background?

Camille LaRue Olsen said...

Thank you, Dana! I just bought a tube of a rose pink color that I'm excited about trying. And this is still in progress but I thought it might be interesting to see how drastically it changes the way I do it. Actually I enjoy all the different phases and am always tempted to keep the spirit of each one and leave it as is since I like the painterly look for the final result. It's a dance, as you well know :)

Gary, I'm still not sure about the background yet. The photo I'm using was taken indoors and I think her lighting reflects that. So... maybe I'll move her indoors, so to speak. Thanks for stopping by.

Gwen Bell said...

What a great portrait! I love your thick brushwork, particularly in her hair. All those greens and yellows look fantastic. I like the way you put in touches of the skin tone in the hair and hair tones in the skin. Masterfully painted, my Dear!

bondearte said...

Bravoooooooo !!!!!!!!
This is a good job!
good Sunday

Camille LaRue Olsen said...

Gwen, I appreciate your kind words!

Bondearte, you made my day, thank you so much and I really enjoyed looking at your blog -- great spirit in all your paintings!

bondearte said...

His work is very beautiful, and you are a very talented artist!
Have a nice day

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

I love this stage of the painting. My DSDF portrait was Dana Cooper and she did me. I liked how they both turned out, especially the one I did of her.