Wednesday, July 9, 2014


This is Jamie. She is a really talented oil painter. I met her a few years ago when I took an oil painting class with Ronald Frontin, a master in the medium. She was painting really cool stuff and I was struggling with the newbies drawing bricks with charcoal. I don't paint much with oils these days but I have been wanting to do an oil portrait and Jamie provided the perfect inspiration.

12"x17" Oil on Canvas.


WILDSIDE said...

I am impressed by your ability to do such good work in so many different styles and mediums.

This one is in oil, you say? And the result is a softness, less structural than others.

How long does it take you to do a portrait? For instance, this one? And other in a different medium?

How many years have you been at this?

Enough questions. Answer only if you like!

Ken Foster said...

Thanks Wildside!

Yes, this is oil. This portrait took me about 5-8 hours I would guess. I do a fair amount of looking/contemplating next moves.

Other portraits can take anywhere from 30 minutes to a few hours. This one took the longest and it is also the largest I have done in The Portrait Project.

I have been sketching passionately since 2008. I think this blog documents it pretty well though it only has a fraction of the sketching I have actually done. Architecture has taken a backseat - especially in the last few months.

WILDSIDE said...

Thanks for answering all that.

I'm now ever more impressed...

Ken Foster said...

You're welcome!!