Tuesday, September 27, 2011

BEAUTIFUL B@W WATERCOLOR PORTRAIT STUDIES!

Want to paint beautiful portraits in color? DO NOT DO IT! Not until you have lots (and I mean LOTS) of experience painting portraits in mono-color. I like to do my mono-color portraits in glorious payne's grey (Winsor Newton). You first need to develop your painting style, knowledge of head and facial structures, value control, and soft, found, and lost edges. Only then can you graduate to color. Well...at least that's my advice.

44 comments:

Carol Blackburn said...

I would be a fool not to take your advice, David....these portraits are outstanding!

meera said...

Looking at these paintings I have to take your advice seriously ! Absolutely wonderful -you are indeed master of values and light (as well as of color from looking at all the other paintings!)

Gary L. Everest said...

Hi David,
Great advice. Too bad I didn't have anyone chain me to a chair and do things the right way when I was starting out!
Oh, well. These are spectacular paintings and though there's nothing wrong with the word, "studies", I think that doesn't do justice to them.
Thanks for always helping your followers (including me) along with such great learning tips.
Sincerely,
Gary.

Cindi said...

david these are stunning... and great idea.. going to try some tomorrow...thankd for sharing!!!

Dianne said...

I believe you are entirely right! I've been doing pencil sketches, and more recently pen and ink, but using Paynes Grey is a great idea. I think it would really help understanding the structure of the head. I'm going to try it!

Barbara M. said...

Well you are awesome in any medium, colour or no colour. Good advice.
Then get into colour and have fun I say.

These are too beautiful.

Your friend in Toronto,

Barbara

Ajay Sathe said...

Superb portraits David! Even with a single color, greatness of the watercolorist in you stands out. Too Good!!

jane minter said...

great portraits and advice david ..i've painted very few portraits sounds invaluable excercise.. thankyou

AutumnLeaves said...

Absolutely stunning, each and every one. Is that Peter O'Toole in the turban? That top man is a hottie too!

Judy said...

Wonderful portraits and great advice! Going to try that!

David Lobenberg said...

Carol, It's only advice, but I really believe that it holds true 98% of the time.

David Lobenberg said...

Meera, It was great seeing you yesterday at the gallery with your wonderful paintings. As soon as the spring semester hits next January, I'm getting you set up for another class visit. This time, it may be in the NEW art room on the UCD campus...spacious, north lighting, track lights, power curtains, E ware...the whole shebang! You and your work will fit in quite nicely. Then off to dine at the wonderful Tower Cafe. I'm trying to hold your interest!

David Lobenberg said...

Gary, my portrait painting compadre! Hey, dude, your oils are fantastic1

David Lobenberg said...

Cindi, thanks, and I love your blog title!

David Lobenberg said...

Dianne, try it, you'll like it!

David Lobenberg said...

Thanks, Barbara. You keep spelling "color" wrong. (-:

David Lobenberg said...

Ajay, thank you. Blacks and grays are some of my favorite "colors".

David Lobenberg said...

Jane, thanks!

David Lobenberg said...

Autumn, the top man is my good buddy Paul Bianchine. He is a wonderful artist. The man in the turban with those great eyes is from India.

David Lobenberg said...

Judy, yes, try it!

Lydie said...

Ohhhhh ! so good in one color. I will have to think ( and try) more about this advice, so true and just. Thanks a lot David.

Barbara M. said...

Hi David,

I know you're just teasing me. That's the proper Canadian spelling of colour. We add "u"s. Don't ask me why. It has something to do with our proper, British English roots or something. So in fact in Canada you are spelling the word incorrectly. And when I read you I am in Canada you funny man.

Your friend in Toronto,

Barbara

David Lobenberg said...

You are welcomed, Lydie.

David Lobenberg said...

Barbara, let's get one thing straight between us, and I think that we Americans and Canadians can agree on
this: only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the hot mid day sun.

Sue Pownall said...

These are great David. I agreee a lot of tonal work like this will improve colour work as you understand the tonal values better and see past the colours.

jgr said...

Your work is amazing! Thank you for the advice
and the inspiration-I'm off to get some Payne's Grey.

David Lobenberg said...

Sue, spot on with your comment, and I like that phrase..."seeing through the colors".

David Lobenberg said...

JGR, Thanks. I like your blog and mixed media art. Enjoy that beautiful Payne's Gray!

Arti said...

These portrait just took my breath away..you are a genius, David.
I am still faltering a lot at watercolor portraits...your portraits have taught me a thing or two!:)

Matt Grimes said...

Hi David,
These are some really nice portrait paintings and this blog is a great resource! Thanks for sharing your experience with us.

AutumnLeaves said...

David, I am shutting down my old blog and am wondering if you might add a "subscribe" widget to this blog. This will help me to know when you have a new post since I don't have thumbnails on my WordPress blog. Thank you so much!

David Lobenberg said...

Hi Arti. watercolor portraits are tough, but it is one of my top favorite genres to paint. Keep practicing.

David Lobenberg said...

Thanks for visiting, Matt!

David Lobenberg said...

Autumn, I can add the "subscribe widget if you can tell me how to go about it.

Lisa Graham Art said...

Wonderful portraits! And good advice I will follow. I made the mistake recently and jumped right in and did an acrylic portrait on a 16x20 canvas of my mother. Caught the eyes, but the rest...well let's just say I am a beginner (painting less than two years) and it LOOKED like a beginner did it.
Nice to meet you...I am a follower now.

David Lobenberg said...

Thanks for following my blog, Lisa!

Norma Garcia said...

loving the portraits and thanks for the info...

David Lobenberg said...

YOU ARE VERY WELCOMED, NORMA!

Peggy Stermer-Cox said...

Hi David, I've been thinking about your posting all week. The portraits are great. And, I am encouraged by your discussion about lots of studies. I think it applies to any type of watercolor paintings! Thanks.

David Lobenberg said...

Peggy, yes, the more you paint "studies" of different subjects, the more familiar you get with them. You see them in a DEEPER way, and I think this helps you greatly with your artistic interpretations.

http://www.onpainting.wordpress.com said...

Excellent advice - these are great head studies. This should inspire your students.

Mariellen said...

Lobenberg -- quite simply a master painter. And he looks great on TV, too.

David Lobenberg said...

Thanks, onpainting! I need to visit your blog again soon to read some of your incredibly funny writing.

David Lobenberg said...

Mariellen, It's my purple shirt and Jerry Garcia tie. Without those two items, I'm nothing!