August 15, 2014

Replacement Model

Our Friday model didn't show up, and so what do you do? You corral the nearest teen and tell him he can get paid for just siting there. A teenage dream job. This young fellow probably never made such easy money, but it was well earned as he did a great job.

The shadows in this portrait were the hardest. I think some people might balk at the color, but I think I like it. Shadow colors can be very hard to get just right. I'm not sure I've learned the secret, but I think if at least my values are close I can at least feel somewhat satisfied. As they say: Value does all the work, color gets all the credit.

Even though you might have thought it was a painting of a girl, in fact it was a young guy with rather fine features, and I think I actually caught a decent likeness.

Oil on Canvas - 12 x 16


  1. I think it’s awesome. It looks like a guy to me. :) I hope you don’t mind my comments since I’m not on your skill level, but I do love beautiful art, so I hope that counts for something. Since this summer, I’ve been painting custom shoes for kids with disabilities and serious illnesses through a non-profit called Peach’s Neet Feet. I absolutely love it. High skill level? Not really, but it sure is fun.

  2. Thanks Mary.

    We are all given gifts. I hope my efforts are as God-honoring as yours.