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bruce johnson

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on: January 05, 2012, 01:46:51 PM
Today's post ...

A couple of years ago I attended a pastel workshop presented by International portrait artist Larry Blovitts. He was amazing. During the workshop we painted the portrait of Tom, a professional model with huge beard.
It was great t be paintng alongside other professional artists and watch how they tackled each challenge, particularly the beard.

Painted in Nu Pastel pastels
20 x 16 Mi Teintes pastel paper
about 4 hours total painting time



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Reply #1 on: January 05, 2012, 05:07:11 PM
Radiant colors on the face Bruce, another nice piece. 

I'm glad you can inspire us with your work.   :)
"The way to be happy," said Winston Churchill, "is to find something that requires the kind of perfection that's impossible to achieve and spend the rest of your life trying to achieve it."


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Reply #2 on: January 05, 2012, 08:30:56 PM
 :clap: very nice
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Reply #3 on: January 05, 2012, 10:02:42 PM
Funny thing.  I am letting my beard grow out and hope to do a self portrait.  If it is going to be that tough I may start out with a clean shave look.  ::)

I like this particular painting of Tom.  The beard is cleverly executed, but the eyes are amazing to me.
Kelley


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Reply #4 on: January 06, 2012, 12:31:45 AM
  :heeha: absolutely lovely Bruce  :clap:
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Reply #5 on: January 06, 2012, 12:54:02 PM
I agree...the eyes have it!  ;D  Beautiful colouring, and blending in this one. Getting difficult to find something new and original to say. They are all so good!  O0
Cheers, Val

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Reply #6 on: January 06, 2012, 08:09:03 PM
Would you guys like to see  some of the various stages of the portraits.. I think I have progress steps for most of the ones I've posted.

Any requests.  :)


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Reply #7 on: January 07, 2012, 06:41:53 AM
I say, "Bring it on Bruce!"  Seeing the stages would help any avid portrait painting wanna-be.   :)
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Reply #8 on: January 07, 2012, 09:27:26 AM
Great Job Bruce.   O0 I think you have amazing talent.  :clap:
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Reply #9 on: January 07, 2012, 11:02:01 AM
love the skin tones on this one, wonderful...would love to see your progress steps.  Geez mabey I will have to try pastels one day!
Linda


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Reply #10 on: January 07, 2012, 12:07:23 PM
yeah, go for it Bruce O0 It's always nice to see an artwork in progress


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Reply #11 on: January 15, 2012, 01:31:48 PM
 :clap:   :clap:
Cheers, Val

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