This 1st gallery below are some examples of my watercolor portraits. In art school watercolor class, the other students would gather around my work to ask how I did techniques of which even the instructor was not familiar. I’ve never been scared to paint portraits in what many consider as an unpredictable medium. Instead, I love pouring paint onto the paper and tilting it to allow paint layers to roll and effect undercoats and add texture and mood. I mask out the skin tones to save for final steps where I carefully apply tints and details to make their personality glow. Watercolors come in a plastic sleeve and chipboard backing. You would take it somewhere to be framed with glass and it usually includes a mat as well.
This 2nd gallery below oil portrait examples. Oil portraits are painted on a canvas. You would take it to a frame or purchase online a frame but glass is not used for oil portraits. I love the traditional look and feel of painting oil portraits. I did workshops including one with Nelson Shanks years ago in Philadelphia. I’ve been to several portrait conferences allowing me to meet and learn tips and techniques from today’s most talented professionals who have painted Presidents, Popes and Royalty! I was the SC ambassador for the Portrait Society of America for a few years before having my third child.
This 3rd gallery below are some examples of pastel portraits. This is the first medium where I learned to draw people in color. I began offering pastel portrait commissions at a local gift store while I was still in high school. I worked at a restaurant near the shop and often waited on people who came in to talk about the portraits they would like me to paint. Pastels are the purest form of pigment so they are bright and vibrant and will remain so for generations. They also get framed behind glass and usually include a mat as well.
I also enjoy painting house portraits – especially if I’m able to visit in person and experience the dappled sunlight along a sidewalk or a vine creeping up a post. But your photos would work too most likely. Prices begin at $400 for a 16″ x 20” watercolor.