Monday, October 22, 2018

Ruth's Portrait by Kim Blair

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Ruth
(14"x11" pastel on 300 lb. gessoed w.c. paper)


Many years ago I met my friend Ruth at our neighbourhood gardening club and we have remained friends ever since. Besides having a gardening green thumb she has been known to have a painted green thumb from wielding her own paint brush...as she too is an artist.

While having coffee with her this past July I expressed my wish to paint her portrait and she graciously agreed...allowing me to snap a few photos of her sitting across from me in the cafe. The afternoon sunlight illuminated her face and clothing creating the perfect reference photo.

There's no denying Van Gogh's creative influence in this portrait of my friend Ruth.
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Monday, October 15, 2018

Ali's portrait in pastel, by Kim Blair


Ali
(14"x11" pastel on 300 lb. gessoed w.c. paper)

Ali is a very talented photographer and is the daughter of our friends Heather and Ken (the two previously posted portraits). She is a lovely young woman who enjoys traveling...which is where her love of photographer comes in handy. Ali's hair was a bit windswept (like her dad's in his portrait) and the effect was a treat to recreate using various shades of cream and yellow pastels.

While in a vintage shop recently I was rummaging around in some old photos and postcards... look what I found...
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Monday, October 8, 2018

Ken's Portrait, by Kim Blair



Ken
(14"x11" pastel on 300 lb. gessoed w.c. paper)

The reference photo for this portrait was taken while Ken and Heather (he is married to Heather who's portrait I posted last week) were dining at an outdoor cafe. I burst out laughing when I saw it saying, "OMG Ken, you look like a rocker!" They said it had been a 'bit' breezy that day which is why Ken's hair looks a touch wind swept. I had so much fun painting his hair!

That look is definitely Rock Star material... and low and behold look what I found in the vinyl section of a local record store recently...
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Monday, October 1, 2018

Heather's Portrait, by Kim Blair



Heather
(14"x11" pastel on gessoed 300 lb. w.c. paper)


Heather has the most beautiful thick hair! It was fun selecting the colours for her gorgeous mane...rusty brown, burgundy, terra cotta even some rich blue similar to the colour of her t-shirt. Okay, Okay so I took some artistic license adding the blue...but it works!

This portrait of my friend Heather reminds me a bit of a contemporary 'Mona Lisa'... a calm, relaxed look ...with the hint of a smile.
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Monday, September 24, 2018

Gord's Pastel Portrait, by Kim Blair


Gord
(14"x11" pastel on 300 lb gessoed w.c. paper)


I think by looking at this portrait you can tell that our friend Gord is quite a character! He loves to have a good time and enjoys playing a practical joke or two when he gets the chance. He is married to Lois, the woman who's portrait I posted last week.

Gord loves a good cup of java... and the baristas at his favourite coffee shop have practiced making his foam extra special!
;)



When I texted Lois the portraits of her and Gord a few weeks ago I had no idea that the day I to sent the images to her turned out to be their 20th wedding anniversary!



Happy 20th Anniversary Lois and Gord





Monday, September 17, 2018

Lois in pastel, by Kim Blair



Lois
(14"x11" pastel on gessoed 300 lb w.c. paper)


Lois is such a good sport! 

I told her she is my 'test portrait' because this is the third portrait I painted of her... and as the saying goings "Third time's a charm."

The first two times I painted her portrait using acrylic paint on gessoed w.c. paper... the second attempt was better than the first...but the third portrait (painted with caran d'ache aquarelle pastels on a terra cotta toned acrylic ground) that you see posted here is my favourite!

Since these caran d'ache aquarelle pastels are now my portrait medium of choice I invested in the large boxed set of 84 colours... a very early birthday gift to myself.
  
*(Next week you will see the pastel portrait I painted of her husband Gord)

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Monday, September 10, 2018

Pam's Portrait by Kim Blair




Pam
(14x11 pastel on gessoed 300 lb w.c. paper)


The day Pam showed me the photo used for this portrait on her cell phone I felt an immediate jolt of inspiration to paint her portrait!  Her striped jacket reminded me of Van Gogh's portrait 'Portrait of Trabuc', and of course then the desire to paint her was doubled.

Pam's portrait was the first one I completed using caran d'ache pastels. I began with a purple toned acrylic background and drew her in graphite, then started applying the pastels in various marks and random patterns.

If you zoom in on the image above you will see the spontaneous interwoven pastel marks that read as a unified whole when viewed from a distance. 

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