Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Copying Richard Schmid...in miniature


For fun, I tried copying Richard Schmid's portrait Sapphire...but in miniature. The head in this is only 2.5 inches high! Click on it for a bigger (approximately life-size) view.


Sold.

He's my favorite contemporary portraitist. I highly recommend his book Alla Prima: Everything I Know About Painting.


More art on my website: jalapfaff.com

20 comments:

Loriann Signori said...

Beautiful copy Jala.
And I know what you mean about Alla Prima, it's one of the best books, of its kind, written.

brian eppley said...

Great flesh tones!I can't even imagine doing one that small. Nice job.

Diane Hoeptner (hep-ner) said...

Oh, I'm the first to comment: It's AWESOME!!!

Cathyann said...

Jala,you got it! Great touch.
I thoroughly enjoy that book.
BTW, you have me chuckling out loud every night as I read your "Seducing the Rabbi"

jean neely said...

Jala, you are so talented. This is really beautiful. And the sunset a few days ago too. You can paint anything!

LSaeta said...

Wow. You nailed it! Try it larger - absolutely fantastic!

milindmulick said...

very nice "after" work.
thanks for stopping by my blog..let us exchange links..I will be putting yours in coupleodays.
cheers

artbyakiko said...

This is fantastic! It doesn't look so small. It must be hard to do that.

milindmulick said...

Loved your abstract expessionism down there also.

rahina qh said...

beautiful work Jala. I also have a habit of training myself by copying other artists and always learn so much from it. and thanks for the book recommendation. i'll check it out. r

Marian Fortunati said...

Wonderful as always... Schmid would be proud!

bonnieluria said...

You just keep wow-ing.
Love this portrait . Now because it is so small- fewer strokes but much surer ones.
This is so good Jala.
I need his book and your hand.

Brian McGurgan said...

These "after" portraits are great, Jala - I love the skin tones here.

Kelley Carey MacDonald said...

I like Schmid, especially his earlier work. Your 'copy' is excellent, and I think he'd be pleased!

Tina Steele Lindsey said...

WON-DER-FUL! I am sorry I missed your message post to me until this morning, but so very happy to view your wonderful pieces, we'd just have a blast if we lived closer!

L.Holm said...

Amazing, Jala. How on earth did you get so much info into such a small format. You've got his brushy style replicated. I so admire your ability to do these practice copies with such skill.

Gwen Bell said...

Just gorgeous! I can't believe you were able to get this kind of loose detail on such a small canvas. Knowing that makes it even more amazing!

Jala Pfaff said...

Loriann - I know, isn't that book the greatest?! All the color plates in it are just to die for... Sigh...

Brian E - I didn't start out going for quite that small...but that's what happened. :)

Diane - Thank you. I'm really happy with it too.

Cathyann - Thanks. You have the Schmid book too? It's amazing how many of us do...We have good taste. So glad you're enjoying my novel!!

Jean - No, I can't, but thank you anyway.

Leslie - Thanks. Try it larger? Nah, there's too much other stuff out there I want to move on to...

Milind - Thank you, great to exchange links also.

Akiko - That's very funny, coming from you who paints miniatures! :D

Rahina - Thank you. You will adore the book if you love this style of work.

Marian - I don't know if he'd be proud (maybe he'd be annoyed?), but thanks!

Bonnie - I like that verb, "to wow." We all need his book, but your hands are just fine as they are.

Brian M - Now if only I could get such great skin tones on my own, without copying... Sigh...

Kelley - Thank you. What are some of your favorites of his?

Tina - I agree, we'd have a great time, as a fellow abstract-lover.

Liz - Thank you. I really haven't the faintest idea what I'm doing, but thank you anyway.

Gwen - Isn't "loose detail" an oxymoron? :)

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

Very Excellent copy!

Gregory Becker said...

I love small works. I forces you to move closer to the painting.
You do good work. I hope I can one day pick your brain about Atelier training. I have always wanted to do that. Where I live there is nothing of the sort. Toronto is the closest and that is 5 hours away.
BTW thank you for the comment on my tree drawing. It means alot to me and I appreciate it.
Greg