Friday, March 8, 2013

Suchitra's Model

Another challenging yet so rewarding session with Suchitra Bhosle today.  I didn't catch the model's name, but she was an attractive young lady and novice model.  Suchitra had a pretty full house and I had a head-on portrait view.  I used a raymar linen panel with one coat of oil primer.  Honestly I didn't care for it that much.  It felt a little rough to me, and the early brush strokes dragged and the paint seemed hard to apply.  More and more I'm becoming aware of the painting surface.  I think an additional coat of oil primer would probably make the panel more suitable for my tastes.

Once again, I struggled with Suchitra's method of working with subtle values, but after a rocky start I felt it beginning to come together.  By the end of the session, I was feeling more comfortable with the process.  There is much to learn from Suchitra, and I look forward to many more sessions with her.

Suchitra's Model  Oil on linen panel  9" x 12"


  1. Love seeing your portrait paintings. You are taking the challenge and doing a great job.

  2. I love doing portraits Ruth! Of all the subject matter we have to draw from, doing portraits from life is my favorite.

  3. Really nice brushwork--love the softness of this.