When I was taking classes in portraiture,views looking toward the model’s face were always the most desirable. Why is it then that all my portraits seem to be of the profile? Perhaps I am not assertive enough.
This is a portion of a portrait of a class model done several years ago.
20″x30″ pastel on mi-teints paper
This is from an old black and white photograph again. I like painting from old photos because then I only have to get the drawing right. I can do any ol’ color I want and who will know the difference.
Girl in Black Hat
8″x10″ oil on canvas
And one of my favorite artists, John Singer Sargent, did his most famous portrait of Madame X (considered scandalous when it was presented to the Salon in Paris). The woman was Madame Gautreau. She was “high society” and was influenced by her peers to hate this painting. There is a great book called “Strapless: John Singer Sargent and The Fall of Madame X” by Deborah Davis that goes into this story. It was perhaps the most enjoyable non-fiction book I have ever read.
There is a waitress at a restaurant we frequent who, surely, must be a direct descendant of Madame X. She has this exact profile.
I dared not try to copy the whole painting but I did attempt to copy her face.
Madame X’s Profile
8×8 acrylic on canvas