HOWEVER...I've been feeling that my portraits have needed some more "artsy" personality and that I needn't be so afraid of letting a brush stroke show. SO, I searched around and found a lovely portrait artist, Pam Shank, right here in Raleigh at Artspace, who was willing to give me some lessons. I took one class from her and WOW, what a difference.
So, here are the changes and challenges. With Winton's technique for skin tones, you lay on a wet wash of New Gamboge yellow and while it's still wet, quickly paint the Opera Rose over the whole face, whites of the eyes, etc. Let that dry and then start strengthening your shadow areas, etc, adding French Ultramarine blue and Alizarin Crimson for the shadows towards the end. It makes for a very smooth, even style of portraiture (which I like)
So, with her technique (which was very hard for me at first and I still haven't grasped yet) this was my first attempt:
So, here was my second try....and I've painted this child before. She has such an exuberant smile that I can't help but like this image of her. First of all, here's a portrait I did of her over a year ago:
So, I hope to keep learning in this area. I know it's going to be a process, but anything worth doing well isn't going to be easy. Never EVER believe advertisements that try to sell you some crazy technique to "learn how to paint portraits in a day" or "become a master artist in 3 easy steps". I'm sorry to tell you that this things are marketing gimmicks. Becoming an artist and mastering your medium will take time, practice, patience and years of experience, studying and learning.
Keep moving forward and keep those brushes wet! :)