Tag Archives: portrait

Contemporary dog portrait painting “Toby”

contemporary dog portrait painting by Carolee Clark

© Carolee Clark, “Toby,” acrylic, 10″ x 10″

“Toby”  sold_dot  sold
by Carolee Clark
10″ x 10″ x 3/4″
acrylic on wrapped canvas

I needed a little burst of love the other day so I started this painting of one of Deborah Peterson’s Chihuahuas.  Thanks for the reference photo Deb!

Daily Painting, “Abe after Picasso,” abstract portrait

abstracted portrait by Carolee Clark

© Carolee Clark, "Abe after Picasso," 10" x 10", acrylic

“Abe after Picasso”    sold
by Carolee Clark
10″ x 10″
acrylic on wrapped canvas

I thought I’d go through my process for this painting since it wouldn’t be evident how I got from the photo of Abraham Lincoln to this strange, but hopefully interesting portrait.  

I started with the photo from the DPW challenge.  I often start with a more realistic sketch just to familiarize myself with the subject.   These are all very quick drawings.   Then I push myself to make it more interesting (to myself mind you!).  I keep playing until I have something that I am excited about painting.  Sometimes this takes one sketch sometimes it takes multiples.  Since I’m not interested in doing realistic portraiture, I really wanted to push myself and have some fun.  If we artists can’t push ourselves to be creative and fun, who can?

The images below will allow you to see the sequence of sketches from photo to the last sketch.  You will also notice that my final sketch is just an idea as to the final painting.  Especially with this type of abstraction I wasn’t worried about transferring my final sketch exactly.  I just wanted to get the feeling of it down.  I also always allow myself leeway to change the painting as I go along. 

Once I get the final sketch and take that to the canvas I rarely look at any of the previous sketches letting the painting dictate. 

I think that you can see that I really had fun painting beyond the lines 🙂

Photo

first sketch of abe by Carolee Clark

First Sketch

second sketch of abe by Carolee Clark

Second sketch

third sketch of abe by Carolee Clark

Third Sketch

Daily Painting – “Tattooed” – contemporary abstracted figure

contemporary figure painting by Carolee Clark

© Carolee Clark, "Tattooed," 10" x 10", acrylic

“Tattooed”   sold
by Carolee Clark
10″ x 10″
acrylic on wrapped canvas

Daily Painting – “Dreaming” – contemporary abstracted figure

abstracted portrait painting by Carolee Clark

© Carolee Clark, "Dreaming," 10" x 10", acrylic

“Dreaming”    sold
by Carolee Clark
10″ x 10″
acrylic on wrapped canvas

My painting “Conflicting Emotions” makes front cover of Portuguese Journal

photo of "Psicologia" Journal

I am very honored to have one of my paintings, “Conflicting Emotions” selected for the cover of “Psicologia” the Journal published by the Portuguese Association of Psychology.

Click here to see the painting.

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Daily Painting – “Sleeping Beauty” – figurative, portrait, acrylic

painting of female portrait

© Carolee Clark

“Sleeping Beauty” 
by Carolee Clark
10″ x 10″
acrylic on wrapped canvas

Daily Painting – Conflicting Emotions

abstracted painting of female portrait

© Carolee Clark

“Conflicting Emotions”   sold
by Carolee Clark
10″ x 10″
acrylic on wrapped canvas

Daily Painting – After the Theatre

painting of two women in a restaurant

© Carolee Clark

“After the Theatre”   sold
by Carolee Clark
10″ x 10″
acrylic on wrapped canvas

“Now What?”

painting of woman's portrait

© Carolee Clark

“Now What?” 
by Carolee Clark
10″ x 10″
acrylic on wrapped canvas

Daily Painting – Gentleman’s Profile

© Carolee Clark

© Carolee Clark

“Gentleman’s Profile” 
by Carolee Clark
10″ x 10″
acrylic on wrapped canvas

Daily Painting – Jazzed

© Carolee Clark

© Carolee Clark

 

“Jazzed”   dot
by Carolee Clark
10″ x 10″
acrylic

Daily Painting – Blue Hat

blue_hat

© Carolee Clark

 

 “Blue Hat”   sold_dot   sold
by Carolee Clark
10″ x 10″
acrylic on wrapped canvas

Daily Painting – Just Wondering

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© Carolee Clark

“Just Wondering”   dot
by Carolee Clark
10″ x 10″
acrylic on wrapped canvas

Why is it that some days, one struggles with painting something they like, and other days it just flows?  This painting was a pleasure to paint.  I quickly came upon the idea from a sketch in my figure studies and the painting didn’t go through it’s usual “ugly” stage.

Click on the image to get a larger look.

Daily Painting – Woman with Ribbons

women-with-ribbon1“Woman with Ribbons”   sold_dot
by Carolee Clark
10 x 7″
ink

 

 This ink sketch was done from a drawing I had done of a model.  She has an amazing collection of hats, jackets and skirts.

Daily Painting – Woman with a Scarf

women_with_a_scarf“Woman with a Scarf”   dot
by Carolee Clark
10″ x 10″
acrylic on wrapped canvas

This painting was done partly from a sketch I did of a model and partly from my head (the model wouldn’t recognize herself).

“Tendrils” watercolor figure painting

Tendrils © Carolee Clark

Tendrils © Carolee Clark

sold_dot

by Carolee Clarkwatercolor (unframed)14.5 x 16″

Triangle Man

© Carolee Clark

© Carolee Clark

17″ x 14″  Ink on paper

Today’s drawing

© Carolee Clark

© Carolee Clark

11″ x 8″  Ink on mat board

Quick sketch of Phoebe

phoebe

© Carolee Clark

This quick study was done last night.  She is an amazing model with extraordinary long, wavy hair, great lips, beautiful eyes and a small, upturned nose.  It would be a rare night I would leave early when Phoebe is modelling. 

This is ink on mat board because I ran out of paper.

Drawing of a pretty young lady

jenna-02-051

© Carolee Clark

This is Jenna, a new model to me.  She has great lips and eyes to draw.

“Good Humor” Watercolor Collage

"Good Humor" © Carolee Clark

“Good Humor” © Carolee Clark

“Good Humor”
by Carolee Clark
watercolor collage
15″ x 11″
$400 (unframed) free shipping and handling within US

 This painting is a collage of watercolor pieces (from old watercolor paintings).  They are cut and pieced together to fit like a puzzle.  It has been two years since I did one of my collages, and every time I start one of them I get one quarter of the way through it and regret my decision.  I love how they turn out, but they are so time consuming and they end up killing my neck because I have to work on them flat.

If you click on the image you will go to a larger version, and even a detail of the painting.

“Erudite”

© Carolee Clark, “Erudite,” 7″ x 7″, acrylic on paper

“Erudite”  sold_dot  sold
Acrylic on paper, unframed
7″ x 7″