Portrature

In portraiture, suggesting the 'character' is more important than achieving a 'likeness;' both a challenge!'

The CEO (Ron Bolding),of Pilgrim Place 3 minute sketch (demo) at PP staff appreciation day. I used charcoal on newsprint
In Remembrance of George Floyd, May, 202014 x 18, oil on canvas, in collection of artist
Mother (circa 1925 at 21)12 x 12, oil on canvas, in collection of the artist
Aunt Elizabeth, almost 1008 x 10, oil on canvas, in family collection
Portraits (below) in my first painting classes between 2003-2004, with live models, plus assignments for doing self portraits. I've not been eager to do portraiture, however, when engaging this work one addresses all primary painting skills. Now I think of a portrait as a landscape on it's side.
Woman with Earrings 12 x 16, oil on canvas, in collection of friend
The Male Model 8 x 10, oil on canvas boardcheck 'Works for Sale'
Woman, Beautiful Soul 12 x 16, oil on canvas
My favored presentation (cropped) of the 1st Self Portrait
1st Self Portrait, 200316 x 20, oil on canvas board, in collection of friend
Self Portrait, 2004, 9 x 12, oil on canvas, in collection of the artist
These two portraits were painted in a portraiture class at Pitzer College here in Claremont in 2008, followed by three self-portraits from different moments in my life.
Self Portrait of The Artist,2008 Projected to Age 9016 x 20, oil on canvas, in collection of the artist
Woman in Van Gogh's Room 9 x 12, oil on canvas, in collection of the artist
Self Portrait 12 x 16, oil on canvas, collection of the artist
The Broken Heart, 2003small sketch on paper in my journal, collection of the artist
Self Portrait, Playing Van Gogh 12 x 16, oil on canvas, in collection of artist
Finally, a few commissions and others that happened when I noticed something like the great shadow cast by a friend's hat . . . or recalled a watercolor I've always loved by Winslow Homer titled The New Novel and had the idea to try to translate that into an oil painting (see below). I do enjoy experimenting.
Jose, for his Mother 12 x 16, oil on canvas
The Black Hat 20 x 20, oil on canvas
'The New Novel' (revisited)24 x 12, oil on canvas
Carol Billings Harris, My Beautiful Friend(a demo for my oil painting class)9 x 12, oil on canvas
Members of my class were so enthralled with Carol, I had a terrible time getting her to sit still!
The Evening Conversation with a Long-time Friend18 x 14, oil on canvas, in collection of the artist
Sweetie Pie12 x 16, oil on canvas
My Brother & Me24 x 28, oil on canvas, commission.

I cannot stop playing Van Gogh.

A Van Gogh Dream12 x 16, oil on canvasThis was a class exercise: put one of the figures in my portraiture work into a famous painting. Here is the 'Woman' I had sitting in Van Gogh's room.
Woman Caring for the Earth14 x 11, oil on canvas boardA request from a friend looking for an image to go on the cover of her book about the climate. She liked it but the publishers looked askance.
Angel In the Garden11 x 14, oil on canvasCheck 'Works for Sale'