Figure Painting, oil painting, Painting, Portraiture, Study

Head Study


6″ x 6″ oil on mounted canvas

did this quick practice study to get warmed up for another head study of a friend. This one is much better than the one I did of my friend. For one thing, I can paint this face with my eyes closed but it also confirms my concerns about working with someone in the studio. I get nervous and lose my concentration. The study of my friend is labored and stiff in comparison to this one.

8″ x 6″ oil on panel

5 thoughts on “Head Study”

  1. Bill, the top portrait really doesn’t come across as labored and stiff, as you say. I don’t think people can see how you were feeling on this one. That forehead is so well rounded and the nose well constructed. You kept your characteristically loose, devil-may-care brush strokes despite any nervousness.


  2. Thank you, Bonnie.

    Silvina, I was pretty happy with the top one as a warm up sketch it was the bottom painting that I stiffened up on. I’m not sure what you mean by “I don’t think people can see how you were feeling on this one”

    Thank you both for your thoughts, I value them.


  3. from my perspective these are both excellent portraits–I don’t see preoccupation or nerves…but , of course, you know yourself best. I love the expressions in both. You are such a good painter!


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