Thursday, June 24, 2010

The Head of Bob aka Dutchboy

A very good friend of my husband and I who lives in New Mexico. He has one of the greatest faces to paint and I finally got around to painting it. Not only a great face but one of the greatest people we know! So sorry we are so far away!

This is an oil on linen, 12x12.

24 comments:

Tina Steele Lindsey said...

He's absolutely wonderful. Absolutely.

silvina said...

Absolutely fantastic! Inspired! I love his eyes and flesh tones. What a great face. Did he sit for you?

sandra flood said...

Thanks Tina!

sandra flood said...

Hi Silvina!
Thanks!
No he did not. He came out to Jersey for a few days and I took some pictures of him while he was in my kitchen under the light. When I did the painting I just darkened the background so you don't know where he was.

silvina said...

Well, you did a fantastic job of making the painting feel as though it was painted from life. And it looks timeless. I wouldn't think that there was a microwave somewhere near him.

Leslie Sealey said...

Wonderful painting; I think you did an outstanding job on his eyes, too!

sandra flood said...

Silvina,
I actually used the photo from my computer to paint from. It makes it so much easier because you can see every pore in someone's face so it is almost more real than real life.
I think the thing about painting from photos is to not , keep it painterly, because for some reason it starts to look like it is from a photo if it is too tight.
The actual painitng is so much better than what is on my blog. Once again you lose all the subtleties.
I should post the original photo.

sandra flood said...

Thanks Leslie!
He also has such great eyes to paint.
I was going to go back and do some more on the ears and hair.I put the painting aside to dry a bit before I went on to another layer and then people kept coming in to the studio and kept saying don't touch it, leave it that way, so it stayed. i still think i am going to go finish his ears more. He hassuch great ears too!

Mary Bullock said...

His eyes look kind. Excellent job!

Stefan Nuetzel said...

What else can I say? My compliments!
Your paintings are a treat, as ever.
Cheers from Vienna.
Nue

adebanji said...

You rocked his face with paint-Love the vivid richness and sparkle!

A.Decker said...

Nice work. I bet one could recognize him in real life, from this portrait. Looks like a friendly fellow.

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ForTrevor Young said...

Your loose hands do magic.

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Becky Joy said...

Absolutely wonderful work.

adebanji said...

Please post more, I'm missing your pieces! This guy does have an amazing face!

sarah meredith said...

this is a beautiful portrait and he does look to be a most interesting man. I am impressed that you painted it from a photo. I just keep wanting to look at it!

Randi's Oils said...

Hi Sandra - I stumbled upon your blog or facebook page thru an acquintance here is Austin and I fell in love with your work - I saw that you are in Wally Workman - so I am going to go down to the gallery just to see your stuff - I also saw that you used to live in Frenchtown - I LOVE FRENCHTOWN !!!! - I used live in New York - and would ride my bike there - and hang out for hours -

Taryn Day said...

I just saw this painting at the Phillip's Mill exhibit. You are right- the photo doesn't do it justice. It was my favorite painting at the exhibit.

Camille LaRue Olsen said...

I've just been going along looking at your portraits and drooling. I thought I had commented on this one before; it is to DIE for. Oh SIGH! I'm with Adebanji, please post more when you can. <3

Peintre said...

Very nice painting.