It's been a while since I painted a portrait. This is from a snapshot I took of artist Chris Spencer of Locke, CA. On this day, Spence was 'holding forth', as he often does, in front of Al the Wops. Spence is not only a gifted artist who has made Locke his home for more than 30 years, but he is also one of those 'characters' that you run across now and then and who stay with you forever after. I've had a lot of fun painting with Chris in Locke and the Delta and I've always enjoyed his outrageous (and insightful) take on life.
I'd prefer to paint from life, but sometimes - often - that isn't possible. I liked the photo and so I decided to try it. It's a fairly large portrait - 16" x 20". The compostion was difficult because of the hand, which I considered essential to the portrait. It forced the head to the left of center, just the opposite of what I would normally want with the head also facing to the left. As a result, the painting may be crowded on the left side. I'm not quite sure. I've considered cropping closer (into a square) to see if that helps and I've tried it on Photoshop, but for now, I'll just let it sit for a week and then decide if it needs to be fixed is some way, or if it's ok as is.
|Spence oil on canvas 16" x 20"|
|Spence in Black and White|
|Spence Oil sketch on canvas|
My Art Site: Bruce Hancock Fine Art