Saturday, June 25, 2011

Free Spirit- Native American

First pass

Close ups

Oil on 5x7 hardboard.

This is my contribution to this week's WDE at Wet Canvas. The host, Dominic, provided the photos. By the way, Happy Birthday Dominic!

I just knew I had to try the Chieftan when I saw him. I wanted to do this with a sort of controlled looseness...Strange term, huh? Using a triad of orange, purple, and green at first, I loosely laid out the portrait.
Then I would rub areas with a rag...streak through paint with a blurring brush stroke...smear parts with my fingers. Creating a looseness which I would go back over and re-establish certain parts.

I've included my start...a little over an hour. Then I got carried away with the destroy and repaint process...and spent perhaps another three hrs.
Maybe I should have stopped sooner, but it was fun and a great learning tool about working with paint....pretty freeing.

Available... If interested, contact me at kkayangel2(at)

My Etsy

"If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed"
John 8:36


  1. I just saw the photograph on the WDE this evening, and this is a perfect example of the painting being better and so much more expressive than the photo reference. This is an absolutely wonderful painting.

  2. A very expressive portrait,the colors chosen have created a magic and I liked the way you have applied paint..something to study and learn here!

  3. Hi there Dean!.... Haven't been by for a while! Nice to see your varied subjects... expressive... thoughtful... "tongue-in-cheek" wit... and "painterly" production of Fine Art has continued to flow!

    Your "Chieftain" doesn't reveal any of your hard work mentioned... it is... "simply"...and wholly there all respects!

    Good Painting! Happy Summer!
    Warm regards,

  4. Amazingly fine details in this man's face. Such beauty, truly. I love this one too, Dean!

  5. I love what your "controlled looseness" has produced. Sounds like you had a great time "experimenting."
    Love this piece.

  6. such a powerful painting on such a diminutive surface (5x7!) really NICE

  7. You've captured the spirit of this man beautifully, Dean.

  8. Wow! Dean..this is an amazing painting. You're getting better and better!!


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