Portrait Paintings ~ Archive 1


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The Fig Tree

The Fig Tree (2012)
acrylic on canvas
30 x 40 x 1.5cm

Portrait named after the local restaurant where I met the subject. It was a good location to take reference photo's, with light reflected from two sides. You'll have to trust me that the likeness is accurate. The deep orange base colour worked well, an integral part of the overall effect.

SECOND PRIZE (public vote)
Ink Spot Art and Crafts Centre,
Open Exhibition, Oct 2012

Ahna

Ahna (2012)
acrylic on canvas
15 x 15 x 3 cm

An experimental use of a black base colour. The result is quite enjoyable, like an explosion in a sweet shop!

Off With Her Head

Off With Her Head (2012)
acrylic on canvas
28 x 35 x 6.5cm

Painted to coincide with the royal Diamond Jubilee in 2012. However, I am a republican so was not looking forward to hours of royal coverage. The bakerlite switch was an included to suggest a solution. Entered for the Daily Mail Diamond Jubilee painting competition, though it didn't convey a message that would delight the newspaper's target demographic!

Homage to Rebrandt

Homage to Rembrandt (2012)
acrylic on canvas
30 x 40 x 1.5cm

Self portrait of yours truly, very loosely based on Rembrandt's moody portrait, painted in middle-age. Apart from the slight pout, my paintings are too post-impressionist in style to bear much more of a recognizable similarity.

Tropical Bonanza

Tropical Bonanza (2011)
acrylic on canvas
15 x 15 x 3 cm

One of a tryptych. This was my favorite, quite a challenge with the vivid green base layer.

Gourmet Bean

Gourmet Bean (2011)
acrylic on canvas
15 x 15 x 3 cm

One of a tryptych. This one was a success, particularly the subject's fringe suggested with a few bold brush strokes.

Fruit Cocktail

Fruit Cocktail (2011)
acrylic on canvas
15 x 15 x 3 cm

One of a tryptych. This one is generally everyone else's favorite, though I can see a number of things I would like to improve. There was a tight deadline for Christmas 2011!

Self Portrait 2009

Self Portrait with a Hat (2009)
acrylic on canvas
30 x 40 x 1.5cm

...or Portrait with a Tea-cosy as some prefer to call it. I was fond of that woolly hat and wonder what happened to it. This painting became an exercise in using a restricted palette. I remember neither the hat nor the top had any orange in it.

Self Portrait 2006

Self Portrait (2006)
acrylic on canvas
32 x 40 x 1.5cm

A key skill in the creation process is knowing when to stop. I was happy to put my brushes down after completing this quite sketchy painting, using a fairly small number of bold brushstrokes. The ability to make such a folicly-challenged cranium relatively interesting should not be underestimated.

© Sean Kisby (Cardiff)