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Portrait Sketch, Graphite

January 4, 2013

I’ve been playing with portraits lately, and have had mixed results with painting them in gouache.  It’s a bit confusing, because when I first started painting, I did several faces in gouache, and was really happy with them.  I think I just haven’t quite recaptured the right combination of paint colors, consistency, and brushwork yet.

Meanwhile, I occasionally shoot photos of myself to use as a subject.  I have become what I have always considered one of my favorite subjects: an older person with wrinkles.


This started out to be the base drawing for a gouache painting, but I’m having so much fun drawing, that I’m going to just continue with graphite.  I’ll do another one in paint.  Or I’ll turn this into a mixed media piece by adding watercolor… or not.  The point is that I’m enjoying myself doing something I’ve always loved to do.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. margaretquin permalink
    January 4, 2013 2:45 pm

    Hi Ralph & Nell, Glad you are having fun with your art! Good to hear from you! Our neighborhood is doing well under The leadership of our Board of Directors. Bob and I had a nice Christmas and New Year celebrAtions with family. We wish you good success with your Art and travels! Miss y’all as neighbors! Thanks for keeping us posted and updated with your artwork and adventures! Sincerely, Margaret Quin

    Sent from my iPhone

  2. January 4, 2013 6:11 pm

    Ralph, it’s great, you are an amazing artist. Happy you are enjoying yourself, it show in all that you paint.

    All the best to you and Nell,

    • January 5, 2013 9:11 am

      Thanks for the encouragement, Joan. I appreciate your kind words.

      All the best back to you.

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