Painting Portraits with Tim Benson

It's been a little while since I posted, life has been very busy but the art hasn't stopped.  I've continued attending the Art Academy.  I've been lucky enough to have a few sessions tutored by Tim Benson, an artist whose style I really admire.

We were set a difficult challenge - to use a limited palette of just 6 colours on a canvas size of 14"x18" with a brush size of a minimum of 1" to paint a portrait in 30mins.

The first is Richard painted in very extreme lighting:
Richard in Extreme Light


My second is Richard reclining:
Richard Reclining

It was a really interesting task and there are definitely elements of both paintings that I think are quite successful.   It was important to keep everything really simplified down when working at that speed.  We were encouraged to keep away from fine detail and to give the viewer just enough information that they are able to fill in the blanks themselves.

Next time we are going further and are using an even bigger brush to create our portraits.  I think what I'm hoping to achieve is fewer, but more considered (and more correct!) brush marks...we'll see how it goes.

Have you seen these portraits?
Take a look at more of my art on my website.