John Hopkins, landscape painter extraordinaire

John Hopkins, landscape painter extraordinaire, originally uploaded by ahtravis.

Portrait

Today had been a scheduled plein air paintout ; it rained and voila! I unexpectedly had time to paint a commissioned portrait. Maybe I should call it a “suggested” portrait. Landscape painter, John Hopkins, a friend and mentor, had suggested that I use some sketches of him to do one of “my” figure paintings. We could exchange it for a painting of his I wanted. See links.

The assignment inspired me and I had given it considerable thought. The portraits I like are those that catch the spirit, something of the life of the subject–not necessarily an exact likeness. John is a painter, but I have not been in his studio and did not want to get involved in the particulars of where he painted because details like that overwhelm the gesture of the figure, which is my primary interest. Instead I have taken my inspiration from the skyscape paintings of his that I covet. The painting is of John (from a sketch)and the sky that must have inspired him to paint his paintings of the sky.

I have done portraits of persons close to me before, plus a self portrait of myself. I have used sketches of my family as figures in my paintings. “John Hopkins, landscape painter extraordinaire” is my first “commissioned” portrait.

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4 Responses to John Hopkins, landscape painter extraordinaire

  1. lesliepaints says:

    Great job.I like the twist in the neck and the brush strokes used to create the left arm. Looks like he’s just getting ready to move. The sky behind him bursts with energy. He must be pleased.

  2. Rachel says:

    so cool! i love hearing the thought process behind the composition.

  3. AccuraUsaws says:

    I really enjoyed reading this post, keep on making such exciting stuff.

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