January 2014 Leslie Saeta's 30 paintings in 30 days challenge
I saw this Swiss gentleman on a recent trip. He looked so distinguished I took a photo. There is just something about an older gentleman wearing a dress hat and a suit.
I don't normally paint people. I took a workshop from Karin Jurick in late 2013. After the workshop many in the class did a weekly challenge painting a 4x4" 'mug shot' of a class member. If you haven't seen them, Karin actually paints from criminal mug shots. That challenge gave me a more confidence to tackle painting faces. It helps that I don't try to paint a portrait, but shoot for a resemblance, which takes the pressure off. In fact, I think this gentleman might be pleased I've made him look about 20 years younger!
The most interesting thing I learned doing this painting was I could actually do a small "portrait" in one sitting (using a photo). I also learned using a 6x6" canvas is so much easier than on a 4x4" painting. Hats off to all you miniaturists.