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)
Photo of me about a hundred years ago.
Woman in a Black Hat
Photo of Gail
Photo of Lewista
Kate Tuck's son
Kate Tuck's son (large for Kev Ferrara)
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.)
Last edited by Chris Bennett; November 15th, 2011 at 04:22 PM.
Love them, loose brush strokes, colours, they look rough but just perfect as they are, and that organic feeling.
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!
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
Nice painting, really nice style.
These kick a lot of ass. This is the best set I've seen from you.
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"Knowledge is proven in action."
"It's use is it's meaning."
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.
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
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.
Last edited by Chris Bennett; November 2nd, 2011 at 08:40 AM.
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!
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
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.
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.
Last edited by Chris Bennett; November 3rd, 2011 at 05:41 AM.
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.
give me crits...neeaaoooooowww
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...
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...
Last edited by Chris Bennett; November 16th, 2011 at 04:47 AM.
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.
Love the handling in these! They seem so effortless.
Lovely work Chris! Your sense of values and light is impressive
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!
very nice! and its good to see the process aswell : )
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.
...drooooool... simply top-notch masterful work! Thanks for uploading the process.
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