I recently discovered the work of Karin Jurik. I think TJ posted a link to her website and I was hooked on her mug shots. She paints mugshots as warm-ups prior to doing other work. They appealed to me because they were small, the photos are public domain, and there are a lot of interesting faces to choose from. The down side is most of the photos are not great quality. But I figured at 59¢ for a 4”x4” ampersand board and a very minimal amount of paint, I could have some fun practicing before I really try to tackle portraits of loved ones (which is something I’d like to do) after I download and watch Mark’s portrait video.
So here is my first attempt at a portrait and of painting from a photograph. This photo of the original and my painting side by side reveal so many mistakes that I didn’t pick up when painting. But I had a great time doing this and already I’ve discovered things I’d do differently on my next one.
Thank you Savannah for pointing out in my tomato painting that there are lots of colors in white if you really look. I kept that in mind as I painted this woman’s hair.
Please feel free to critique. I do see a lot of mistakes here already but I’m sure not all and it’s great to have other eyes check out my work.