Helen and Ben

Helen Portrait Image

Helen is next. She has such delicate skin tones and light gray-green eyes, completely different from the other three.

SB0913 Helen Step 1

The basic structure of her face is washed in with the same oil wash of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin. The canvas has been primed with several thin coats of white acrylic. This makes the surface slightly slick, it’s much easier to rub off, or erase, any errant lines as I’m blocking in the portraits.

SB0913 Helen Step 2

Sidney and I talked about making the neckline of Helen’s sweater a little higher. So that is done and the necklace is shortened so it will show above the vee.

Ben Portrait Image

Last, but not least, is Ben.

SB0813 Ben Step 1

After penciling in his features on the canvas, I wash in the basic planes and shadows of Ben’s face. Please remember, if you’d like to see any of these images larger just click on the picture.

SB0813 Ben Step 2

Sidney thought the sweater Ben was wearing would look better with a shirt. That’s the fun of being an artist, we can make things as we’d like them to be. So, here is the sketch with the collar added.

SB0613-SB0713-SB0813-SB0913 On Easel

The four paintings are shown together, helping me get a feel for how they work with each other. Now I’m going to let them rest for a couple of days. This gives me the opportunity to come back with a fresh eye to begin the painting process.  I have a few other pieces to do in the meantime. So please come back and visit our studio. And …..Sidney, Kaye and all of your family, you are in our prayers. Hugs, Mikki and Jack

5 Responses to “Helen and Ben”

  1. Pen Slade Says:

    They look really good, Mikki, – I like #1,2,and 4 the best. Also, do you have your process written up – for the laying in of features, the proportions,etc. I would really appreciate it.

    • Mikki Senkarik Says:

      Hi Pen, Thank you. The portrait of Stuart, #3, was the first one I washed in. It’s been a while since I’ve done any people portraits, my rustiness shows! I was a little tight and overworked it. But that will all smooth out when I do the finished painting. I was much looser and more painterly in the others. Also the others have the catch light in the eyes, gives them sparkle that #3 doesn’t have. I don’t have the proportions of the face drawn up. But you can go to http://www.Google.com and search “proportions of the face.” Click on images and all sorts of charts will come up. You can also look up Walter Foster Art Books. There are some very good ones on the face and drawing people. Hope this helps. Hugs, Mikki

  2. pitzersart Says:

    Can you make me look like that again?!?!?!?!? . Rob Pitzer Pitzers Fine Arts P O Box 2850 Wimberley, Texas 78676 G: 512-722-6032 C: 512-983-1085 rob@pitzersart.com http://www.pitzersart.com Sola Gracia *(By Grace Alone)*

  3. George Olson Says:

    Great portraits, Mikki. Faces are not easy to paint. I love you and Jack’s dedication and always thinking of other people and helping them.

  4. Phyllis Hilley Says:

    What wonderful portraits. We are so proud to represent you in our gallery.
    Love,
    Darrell & Phyllis

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