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    Chris Bennett_____Portraits_______Updated 15 Nov.

    Here's a bunch of portraits, most of which are not on my website - the exception is Woman in a Black Hat, one of my favourite paintings.
    All paintings are Acrylic on gesso board unless otherwise stated.

    Me...(painted about 10 years ago (Oil)

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    Photo of me about a hundred years ago.

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    Woman in a Black Hat

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    Gail

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    Photo of Gail

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    Lewista (Pastel)

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    Kate Tuck's son

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    Kate Tuck's son (large for Kev Ferrara)

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    Esther (Oil)

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    Lionel

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    Sarah Bennett (Who's that then?) Oil
    Painted about the time of that self portrait. (I don't have a bigger file of this unfortunately.)

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    Love them, loose brush strokes, colours, they look rough but just perfect as they are, and that organic feeling.

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    Sooooooooo good!

    At least Icarus tried!


    My Process: Dead Rider Graphic Novel (Dark Horse Comics) plus oil paintings, pencils and other goodies:
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    Love the painterly style. The portrait of Esther is absolutely kick ass!

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    Always really liked your paintings Chris, much positive vibes to you and all that paintings like 'woman in black hat' are timeless and really great

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    Oh man!
    I fell in love with those faces,those strokes, those shapes, that awesome beauty in each one of them.

    Thank you. Very Much.

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    Nice work! You make it look easy

    Please Sir, I'd like some more.

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    Nice painting, really nice style.

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    Lovely work, Chris!

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    Beautiful work!

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    These kick a lot of ass. This is the best set I've seen from you.

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    Beautiful paintings!

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    Chris, your threads always inspire me to grow in sophistication and become a more mature artist.

    Your economy of strokes is something I can only dream about, the subject matter chosen with finesse, the colour choices are gorgeous and refined.

    I especially love the woman in the black hat, Kate's son, and Sarah Bennet. The way you rendered form on Kate's son is phenominal. I think that is my favourite from you. Wow!

    The only critique I may offer is that Lewista's real head seems a bit larger then what you have.

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    I love the textures and composition, the latter especially in Kate Tuck's Son, so natural and effortless-seeming, and so subtle!

    "Three's so little room for error."--Elwell
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    FleshMarket: Many thanks.
    Kev Ferrara: Thanks buddy,
    RichDawg: Many thanks. The portrait of Esther was a commission celebrating her 21st birthday - the dress was her 'party' gown.
    Phil Moss: Thanks Phil, good to hear from you again. How's things?
    bhanu: My fearless Indian friend, great to hear from you! I trust things are well and thanks for your heartfelt encouragement.
    rseward: Thank you - I assure you it's not!
    The Grayslayer: Many thanks.
    Sidharth Chaturvedi: Thanks Sidharth.
    Slothboy 3000 Thank you.
    armando: Thanks armando - kick ass always sounds better than my native kick arse...
    isissousa Many thanks.
    Pavel Sokov: Thanks for the feedback Pavel - Sarah Bennett is my wife (a terrible sitter - she HATES sitting still!). The 'Woman in a Black Hat' is one of my favourite paintings. Regarding 'Lewista': This picture was painted from the model - the phota was just a snap I took for her to show her family of the set up. I think she sat for me about 6 hours.
    Cory Hinman: Thanks Cory - I shoot for subtlety because they are commissions to be lived with and treasured over time; I want the client to have the painting's qualities leak out over a great deal of time.


    Here's some process shots of another commission - the client wanted a 'semi portrait' that was primarily a painting of mine. His only condition was that it featured a faountain in Germany that had sentimental attatchment to his three teenagers which were to be included as 'figures' in the composition.

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    Beautiful. I personally dig your self-portrait. Some interesting brush strokes going on there!

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    Really great paintings, as someone said already, rough but organic. Lovely work. I enjoyed a lot seeing this process shots. You could share some more info, life the size of the canvas and how long it took to finish.

    Keep posting, this thread has a lot of potential!


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    Good thanks Chris, keeping busy - I'll be on BBC Radio Nottingham next week talking about sketchbooks, I think it airs on the thursday if you fancy a chortle at me pretending I know what I'm talking about . I'll document it on my blog no doubt and try and come away with a download

    Composition in your last image is great, I hope they were pleased. As an 'illustrator' it's great to see work that exists for it's own qualities and needs no back up story. Great stuff again chap

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    The Sarah Bennett piece is extremely nice. Please keep sharing.

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    Seungy: Many thanks.
    AllenAlan: Many thanks. The process shot picture was 70cm x 54cm acrylic on gesso board and took about a month - the stages shown are roughly the work done after each day.
    Phil Moss: Glad to hear you're busy Phil - I'll have a look out on your blog for that Radio Nottingham interview; sounds like it could be good!
    Riche Rich: Thank you.

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    The following painting appears on my website but I have included a bunch of progress shots and sketches since people seem to be interested.

    One of the most enjoyable commissions I have ever done. The girls and the parents were the sweetest people imaginable and it is with extreme fondness that I recall being treated to a fantastic Sunday lunch whilst sitting between the two smart, charming young ladies - the whole thing was like something out of Jane Austen.

    The Muldown Sisters: Oil on canvas approx 100cm high.
    The little oil sketch for an alternative pose is approx 30cm high.

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    gotta say chris, love your work. i;ve seen some images in magazines and art books, but wow. inspired by your figurative work. I really appreciate you showing the progressive steps in the images. thanks.

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    heSlimedne: Many thanks. your enthusiasm is really appreciated.

    Here's some photographs of those sisters in the paintng above. I took close to a hunderd photos trying to figure out the best setting.

    Bless their dear hearts, they were wonderfully co-operative.
    I barely did them justice, but I tried my darndest! J.W. Waterhouse would have melted...


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    Here's the 2/3rds finished painting in my studio next to another half finished portrait commission of Dionea - a young woman from Brazil - I'll try and find a photo of the finished painting I have of her somewhere...

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    Wow, The Muldown Sisters strikes me as very anachronistic - but I like it, I think it adds something subtle to the image, something interesting and narrative in nature. And I think you did them plenty of justice, the paintings are wonderful.

    I have mad respect for your acrylic works; I especially like the ones that feature minimal textural detail and appear flatter - like Kate Tuck's son; I'm quite a fan and a proponent of sculpting the forms using flat colour planes.

    Respect!

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    Love the handling in these! They seem so effortless.

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    Lovely work Chris! Your sense of values and light is impressive

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    Brendan N: Thanks very much for that feedback Brendan and the encouragement about the Muldown Sisters - the family were absolutely delighted with it. I guess, as an artist, one always wants more than one can give.

    Zhrayde: Thank you. There were times in all of them that things were far from effortless!...

    orlando omega: Thanks Orlando - good to see you around these parts again!

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    very nice! and its good to see the process aswell : )

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    My favourite is Woman in a Black Hat as the composition and expression is timeless. I like Gail as well, what she is thinking is what the viewer want to know.

    Lionel makes me wish I had started painting again sooner to catch that expression on my sons' faces.

    Sarah Bennett - love the face and pose, but hate the hands.

    The 3 figures with the fountain is much more successful as it looks like your work without too many constraints.

    I like the sisters as well (difficult composition to pull off), but what is she trying to hide with that hand that you can't quite see.


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    ...drooooool... simply top-notch masterful work! Thanks for uploading the process.


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