Another project…Boeta, my first finished face!

BoetaThought I would share this project. I have never attempted a portrait oil painting before and this being number 6/7 paintings it is understandable. I attempted my first face using a women (unknown) to learn. It was not a great success, but gave me some needed chances to play with ideas. All the photos were taken with the old mobile.Boeta-2

The face got distorted with all the practice.

I decided I had enough and did not finish her, because I knew she was just an important stepping stone.

I decided to take a chance and paint a portrait photo of Boeta.

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I did a 2-tone painting and it looked like I could continue, so I did.

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Next was the flesh color and the hat.

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I kept building and developing.

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Boeta is 9 months old here, has 1 tooth and is wearing his grandfathers hat. This Grandfather is sadly no longer with us, so the original photo had lots of significance as it was taken in his house in Struis Bay. We will frame and put this painting on the wall in that house. So there my first official portrait finished.

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63 thoughts on “Another project…Boeta, my first finished face!

  1. davidprosser says:

    I have to be honest here in that I don’t really see a similarity between the two pictures of the same woman. I do however like them both, my preference being the one that appears more sketched than painted.
    What a difference with Boeta though,you’ve done exceptional work and no wonder it’s worthy of hanging. Between that and your photography I’d say you have the talent market cornered.
    Hugs

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