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Saturday, January 2, 2010

Oil Study, Luke at 15

This is a painting I did of my oldest son Luke over the Christmas break, using a limited palette of Gamblin oil paint and a smooth canvas. I started out with a reference photo I took and then worked from life to make adjustments to color and detail.

Luke is at a very (ahem) interesting age. "Not a child" as he keeps reminding me, but certainly not grown up yet. He is quite a lovable guy, always willing to give a hug or a "luv ya", but also feeling the stress of being at a difficult age of discovery, independence and growth. I wanted to capture that diametric combination of confidence and uncertainty.

12 comments:

hbedrosian said...

Nicely done! I like the skin tones and overall color harmony.

Manon Doyle said...

What a fabulous portrait of your son, Luke. I'm sure that he'll always treasure it..... especially when he's older.
Happy 2010 Peggi!

Annie-Maree said...

Really great painting Peggie, I love the palette you have used, it compliments beautifully.

Annie.

Anonymous said...

yes that ahem age is ahem complex to put it mildly. a great portrait with great colour handling. do you usually use Gamblin oils? r.

Ann Buckner said...

Good looking son. I like his expression and love those skin tones.

Peggi Habets said...

Thank you Holly, Manon, Annie-Maree, Rahina and Ann!

Rahina,
The use of the Gamblin brand came about because a mentor suggested that I switch from water-based oils to regular oils. I bought about six colors to try...which explains the limited palette! I honestly don't see a big difference between the two so I've been resisting a complete switch.
What brand do you use?

maria kovalenko leysens said...

The eyes say it all! I also like the color in the skin tones. I am following your discussion on the oil paints, water vs regular. The toxicity... has kept me away. So I bought some new pastels to play with for now.

Anonymous said...

hi Peggi, thanks for that: i have been using winsor and newton and are slowly adding holland to my collection as tubes of w&n run out. r

Vikki North said...

You captured exactly that Peggi.
Really well done and very endearing.
Vikki

Cathy Holtom said...

I know what you mean, my son is the same age. You have got the expression just right, something to treasure and remember. They grow up so quickly?

Abby Creek Art said...

Happy New Year, Peggi! I've been catching up on your blog. Your work always amazes and inspires me.

Peggi Habets said...

Maria, Vikki and Linda,
Thank you for the comments. So great to hear from you.

Cathy, so true! I doubt that I'll have many more opportunities to paint Luke. He'll be on his own before we know it. Strange, isn't it?