'Janice' 14x17cm oil on canvas board


Oil on Canvas Panel
©Joshua Lance 2013


pt 1 of “Janice” went well but I wasn’t satisfied. I thought maybe I could do better if I attempted a second time. I used a larger size and painted on a canvas board, not paper. I made the head larger so I could focus on the features more. The mouth was the hardest part and after doing the first Janice painting, I felt more confident to go ahead and improve on that. No effort is wasted if it helps you become a better artist, and I was ready to prove that. Oh how the ego battles you when you critique harshly about yourself! But I focused harder on the features of the face more. I tend to have quirks about the face, I tend to make the eyes wider apart or the nose smaller and the mouth a bit lopsided. If you understand your weaknesses and work on that, that’s when you can bring your painting to the next level, because you are ready to do so. So several days later, I completed the painting and was very pleased with the results. It reminds me of what a New Mexican portrait would be like.

Your influences are there so clearly where your skills and techniques came from. I see a portrait artist named Ned Bittinger who befriended me in Santa Fe years ago, and was perhaps influenced by his style.  Another painter was Robert Henri, an artist and teacher whose style and color I could see as another influence.  He simplified the process and made the eyes dark and uniquely his own, like I do too.

What are your thoughts on my new painting?  I also put this painting on my commission page.  Feel free to comment and thank you for reading my post!

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pencil drawing over light wash sets the tone and direction of the painting

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I refined the face and features as accurately as possible. If I was pleased with the face then it was worth completing the portrait. I later thinned out the face for the final stage. The smile and mouth were the hardest things to capture. I hope I did ok.