Saturday, July 21, 2012

Know When To Fold 'Em-Portrait

Deano's Demo
Step #1
I first toned the panel with a warm colored acrylic. Sketched the fellow in, and placed the darks thinly.
Now I lay in flesh tones and the white beard thickly, sometimes with a painting knife. The strokes indicate the flow of the beard.
Close ups

Oil on 7x5 canvas panel.

This is my contribution to this week's WDE at Wet Canvas. Christine was the hostess who graciously supplied the great reference photos!

The gentleman I chose to paint reminded me of a denizen of the Old West who had played more than a few hands of poker in his time...Thus the title "Know When To Fold 'Em."
That phrase is also an objective I aim for as a painter...knowing when to put the brushes down and stop.
I like to show the journey the painting took. To be able to look down and see the first layer of see the pencil and sketch the final rich strokes of rich color that sit on top of it all. I'm happy where I stopped with this one.
Hope ya like it!

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

My Etsy

Psalms 46:10 "Be still and know that I am God."


  1. What a great little portrait, Dean!! I love the WIP. The shadows from his hat is fantastic. You get better with every portrait you do!!!

  2. it's always fun to see your progress shots. This is an excellent portrait! Love the big shadow

  3. Lots to like in this one, Dean. I particularly love the cast shadow from the hat onto the cheeks having cool edges from the sky. The warm transparent interior round the eyes is exactly the right value. Love the energetic brush marks on the hat and background, and the beard looks like a beard should. You must be proud.

  4. He looks great the old guy with his white beard, even his nose looks old. You have handled your palette knife and colors choses well. I love it Dean!

  5. What a fabulous piece, Dean. I can easily see why you named it thusly. I love the shadow across his eyes from his hat brim too.

  6. The colors you used to tone your canvas Is very attention getting. I really like the cast shadow on the face. This is a very striking portrait indeed.

  7. Hi there Dean!... Your rendering really speaks for itself... exploring... pushin n'pullin right through to the finish!

    A real gem Dean! Lots of character... and those eyes... poker-faced for sure!

    Good Painting!
    Warmest regards,

  8. I love the light on his face and that hat, wow. Great to see your progress shots too.

  9. Oh So Nice. Love the fine detail.


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