Acrylic on 15 x 17 panel, for Etsy commission, bib overalls requested to be included, from customer reference below:
Approx. 9 x 12-1/2, and 11 x 17 respectively, acrylic on paper on panel.
This was commissioned as an anniversary gift from a son to his folks. Based on a nostalgic, romantic snapshot (below) from the 1970′s. They loved it
Whew! Everything went swimmingly for my presentation yesterday. I appreciated the overflow crowd in OSA’s main hall. I gave a whirlwind overview of how to develop your inner artist, develop artistic skill, market your work, sell your work, and use positive energy generated from that cycle to spin the next cycle…circling back with renewed confidence and enthusiasm to further developing artistic skills. I did a demo (under the slant mirror on the stage so people could see) of laying out a limited palette of colors, mixing flesh tones, & mixing “black.” Then I did a quick painting demo of roughing-in, from photo reference I took a few months ago. I enjoyed the process more than I thought I might, and look forward to similar opportunities that might come along in the future.
SOLD via Etsy
Completed commission for a family who by sheer coincidence (since they found me on Etsy) live ten minutes away, so I hand delivered it and got to see the subject of my painting!
SOLD via Etsy
Completed commission, just shipped to Texas. Acrylic on 16 x 25 panel.
Source snapshots, from which I “photoshopped” the composition together:
SOLD via Etsy
I worked on this anniversary portrait at the show, getting it about 90% done by Sunday. It was fun to be able to ask passersby and other OSA members for critique and recommendations. It’s for an Etsy commission; I sent my customer a digital image of it for approval last week and he said, “You are a genius! I love it! It is amazing! I am so grateful to you. I will pay for it tonight. No changes necessary. Thank you!!!!!” Music to my ears…very encouraging. I hope his wife likes it as well as he does, or better. It’s acrylic on a 16 x 26 hardwood panel, from customer supplied old snapshot:
All the hard work preparing for the show was worth it! I had a great time painting for five days in a row, it was like a painting retreat. I received lots of positive comments, and many people said they would contact me for future commissions. I’m in communication with two prospects from the show who I think will follow through with commissions. I also got invited back by the show manager to be a demo artist at the Fall Home & Garden Show, Oct. 4-7, 2012 at the Expo Center. I’d like to be positioned with the Oregon Society of Artists again.
My booth (above) at the Spring Home & Garden Show about a week ago. As a designated “demo artist” I painted much of the time between 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. except for breaks.
I finished up a painting of one of my grandsons while at the show:
…thanks to Joel Bock Photography for permission to use one of his photos as reference. It was fun to work on Espen’s characteristic crooked little half grin.
I’m mostly recovered / caught up / unpacked from the show…and MORE than ready to dive back into painting.
SOLD via Etsy
Commission for newlyweds in Texas, acrylic on panel. 22-1/2″ x 16″; given as a gift from relatives, who had this to say about it: “This is BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!! It’s perfect!!!!!!!! My dear–they are going to LOVE this!!!!!! Amazing!!!!!!!! Thank you!! You really captured their beauty–aren’t they a stunning couple? <Name withheld> looks like a supermodel.”
Practice portrait of Rosey by Steve Eichenberger, acrylic on corrugated cardboard bicycle carton, 9-1/4 x 13.
I enjoyed the process on this one, which is part of my goal in keeping things loose: to have fun painting!
( 1/5 addendum: I e-mailed a high resolution jpg of this to Rosey, who is currently in NYC, and she replied: ”Hey Steve!! This is awesome. I look simultaneously angry and proud. I love it. The loose style captures something really great. I showed this painting to my sister, and some friends — everyone has been so impressed! My sister said, ‘Whoahhh…that’s so badass!’”)
Portrait by Steve Eichenberger, acrylic on acid free paper, 14 x 17. SOLD
Another piece in my continuing effort to practice keeping things loose. I even crumpled up the paper before beginning, to make it less “precious” (which came back to haunt me after I finished the piece and decided to adhere it to a foamcore backing, but it turned out okay).
The background is pretty wild; I got a new set of palette knives and used one of them to pile on the paint.
The hair is just roughed in, but I decided it works with the background so resisted refining it.
Acrylic on corrugated cardboard, 13-1/2 x 15-1/2, by Steve Eichenberger.
For this challenge, I tried to loosen up on brushstrokes as in this self portrait by Theodore Gericault —>
Step by step
Portrait by Steve Eichenberger, acrylic on corrugated cardboard, 12.5 x 24.
Thanks to friend/neighbor/photographer Willy Paul for permission to use a photo he took of his wife, Kris, for me to use as painting reference. Achieving a likeness was not my focus, but rather to experiment with the broad white accenting strokes, black outlining, unfinished areas and so on that Schiele often uses.
SOLD via Etsy
Very quick sketch in acrylics on corrugated cardboard, 12 x 16. This week’s DPW challenge was to try painting in the style of an artist we admire. I started out “thinking” Egon Schiele, but then forgot all about it much of the time I was painting… It served as a good “loosening up” exercise.
I may continue to fine tune this painting, but I’ve been working on it for so long I wanted to post it at this near-complete stage for a sense of progress! This was a challenging project for me, I learned a lot from doing it. I took other, easier-to-paint photos of Rosey as well, but there was something about the overall composition and expression that made me want to paint this one, so I went for it. The receding angle of the hand was a challenge, as well as the wonderfully curly hair. It’s always daunting to face such things, I just have to dive in and paint *something*…and then keep revising that something to look gradually better and better until some part of me says “OK” (or sometimes “Uncle!”).
I couldn’t get rid of all the distracting reflections on the glossy background when taking the above photo with the point and shoot camera I normally use for blog shots. May have to break down and actually set up our photo room with strobes, diffusers etc. to get a better shot.
90% complete, working from photos I took of R.D. a few weeks ago in my studio.
Thanks to .mosa for permission to use his photo (below) as reference.
Portrait by Steve Eichenberger, acrylic on panel, 15-3/4 x 20-1/2.
Thanks to Stephen Sheffrin, Portland photographer, for permission to use his photo below as reference.
Acrylic portrait of Marc Anthony by Steve Eichenberger, on 15-3/4 x 19-1/2 panel, using another photo by Damon Winter as reference (below, and previous entry).
I experimented with glazing this time: brown tinted glaze on yellow background and face (except for eyes); yellow tinted glaze on shirt.
Matt Damon practice portrait by Steve Eichenberger
acrylic on panel, 14 x 20-3/4
Reference photo from magazine cover (Fast Company, July/August 2011 issue) used by kind permission of New York Times photographer Damon Winter.
Yes, unfortunately it’s been awhile since I’ve had a chance to post anything… Travel, moving our handmade tile studio (again!), and other art related busy-ness has required all my waking hours for the past couple of months. As far as I know there are no further crises looming, but in these strange times — who knows?!? Better paint while I can.
Acrylic portrait on panel by Steve Eichenberger, 11-5/8 x 14-3/8 SOLD
I completed this portrait in a homestead farmhouse in Nebraska while on a road trip through several beautiful Western states last month. When I returned home, I e-mailed the above photo of it to the subject, who is an artist friend in Seattle; here’s what he had to say about it: “OK I am really speechless, or was, but now have more to say. That is really, really cool – almost Van Gogh-like in the colors and contrasts. I am thrilled to see this as I have never had a painting done of me and to tell you the truth would not trust many artists to do a painting of me as I am pretty shy about having pictures, images of me taken. Fantastic work! Can I show off your work to people? … I’ll be following your blog.”
Custom portrait commission, approx. 16 x 22 acrylic on panel by Steve Eichenberger.
This was fun to do because it was a surprise commission for the recipient (the subject). I hear he was honored.
The symbology has to do with his middle name, which connotes strength and deep-rootedness. A large underpainted root system (not evident in the photo) can be seen in the dark lower section when viewing the original if you know it’s there, further supporting the symbology of C’s middle name.
Local Portrait Commission
by Steve Eichenberger
Acrylic on panel
16 x 22
Reference photo provided by client.
(Thanks C. for your OK to post this on my blog.)
Acrylic painting on panel, by Steve Eichenberger
“First Day at the Dog Park” SOLD
approx 13 x 26
(keep clicking on photo for close-up)
Based on a photo I took the other day at Luscher Farms dog park in Lake Oswego. He looks like a little bear.
Started this one yesterday, finished tonight…well, I might still work on the background, but I think the face is done. And I am pleased with the step toward looseness it represents in my experimentation!
I had a color experiment in mind too; I saw in a color mixing book the wonderful neutral greens that result from mixing ultramarine blue and yellow ochre, so started with them. I don’t usually like or use greens, so this was a good learning experience for me in that regard too.
In the slideshow below, the first one (the one that’s different from all the rest) is actually a completely different painting. I was struggling to get a likeness, painting out and re-painting various features, when I realized I wasn’t having fun. So I set it aside and started over using bolder color, less deliberation, and choppier strokes with almost no blending. Definitely more fun! Adjusting position/size etc of features was much easier as the entire image was freer, looser, more fluid.
It’s hard to quantify how well I did on the likeness…but for such an impressionistic rendition I’m OK with it.
I don’t like the background, may work on it some more later…or not…also want to keep moving forward to see what comes out next!
I scrounged some bicycle cartons today from a bike shop near my studio, so I have plenty of “canvasses” to work on. I’m motivated to make as many paintings as I can before April 1 when I open my studio for First Friday Artwalk. I don’t expect a big crowd, but it’s a nice motivation nonetheless.
My thanks to Bill Wadman at http://www.365portraits.com/ for permission to use his photo as practice reference.
Keep clicking through several screens on the above image to zoom in close to see the brush strokes (the final click should show a magnifying glass cursor).