Today I did a study of Frederic Fiebig‘s 1905 Self Portrait, primarily because I am currently interested in facial planes on my portrait painting journey. I did not try to replicate his palette (and still have lots to learn on colour mixing) so the colours are different.
I ended up with a sharp-edged result, (much like his) which I then proceeded to soften. I think that was probably a mistake, but hey I am engaging in experimentation so all is not lost. Which version do you prefer? I think I prefer the hard-edged one.
I prepared my small canvas with black gesso before applying oil paints. Working on a non-white ground really does create a different effect and also helps to eliminate the ‘white canvas intimidation’ that so many of us face.
A copy of Fiebig’s 1905 painting directly below:
Frederic Fiebig. 1905. Self Portrait. Oil on cardboard.
My hard-edged version below:
And my soft-edged version:
Anndelize Graf. 2018. Fiebig Study. Oil on canvas. 8 x 10 inches.
Thanks for joining me on my portrait painting journey. I hope you will return soon to see what I attempt next as I work at improving my portraiture skills.
Have a creative weekend all. 🙂
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