Wednesday, July 24, 2013

First portrait in oils

... at least, the first one I'm willing to post.

Oil painting, as it turns out, is really, really hard!

Stage one: charcoal drawing. Doing fine.

Stage two: the underpainting. Starting to worry.

The charming Jordan Sokol, a natural teacher.



Anonymous said...

Wow, Hilary! You sure are using your time really well! This is great for your first attempt and you know you'll only improve. Keep up the good work!

Very inspiring :)


Hilary Jane Margaret White said...

Oh, Louise,

can you email me at

I've got something I wanted to ask you.

Fr Paul of Niagara said...

Oooh, I could never do that, I just don't have the natural talent and genius like you (gushing sounds, etc.)

Hee, hee. Just said that to bug ya.

Keep up the hard work. It inspires me to apply myself to something. But what? Maybe I should take up my violin, so I can do something impressive in Gardone 2014.

Teresa B. said...

I could do paint by number oil paintings and still mess up!

That looks great for a beginner of oil painting! Practice! Practice!

Why can't these people look happy?

Hilary Jane Margaret White said...

Actually Teresa, there's a simple reason for the bland expression on most painting models. Because you are painting directly from the model, she has to hold the exact pose, with every muscle, for long periods of time, and even the tiniest muscular change, makes a huge change in the painting. A smile or any other expression would be nearly impossible to hold, or recreate exactly from session to session. So the model always has what's called a neutral expression.