Thursday, February 5, 2009

James the Snake Hunter redux


Here's our favorite Ozzie model, James the snake hunter (really, that's his profession) again, this time avec chapeau. What a great model he is, and I was really thrilled with the way this turned out.


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7 comments:

Karen said...

Jala, you are a serious inspiration for me to try portraits. I always especially love how you build out from the focal area and leave the rest so loose. I mean, look at that chapeau!!

Loriann Signori said...

What an absolutely gorgeous use of greens and blues next to those oh, so warm orange/siennas. Plus, you really captured the feeling of who he is. Snake hunter and all. BEAUTIFUL!

Jala Pfaff said...

Karen - thank you so much! It's a wonderful feeling to inspire a fellow artist. And thank you for noticing--I am really trying hard to concentrate on the focal area and leave everything else just suggested. My inspiration for this kind of portrait is absolutely Richard Schmid.

Loriann - thank you! When my instructor came around and saw my painting in progress, I think her eyes about popped out. "Wow!" she said, and was momentarily speechless, then "That's really revved up!" P.S. I played around a little with your photos and will post some of the results soon, after I live with them a couple more days.

Marian Fortunati said...

Good grief!
You SHOULD be thrilled!!

Jala Pfaff said...

Marian - Thank you. Hahahaha--haven't heard "Good grief" in a long time. :)

Edward Burton said...

WONDERFUL painting, Jala! Great use of color.

Jala Pfaff said...

Edward, thank you very much!