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James Wisdom

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My first full-color self portrait in oil was produced through observation. The image is based on my reflection and deals with the idea of my own self image as well. Juxtaposing a loaded paint brush physically higher than my tattoos is a declaration of my desire to overcome a self-imposed stigma.
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A narrative painting based on a passage from the non-fiction novel Devil in the White City by Erik Larson. In this painting I wanted to illustrate a sense a dramatic irony. This eerie feeling is heightened through the use of tenebrism.
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Painting Kristina’s portrait was one of my first introductions into the world of portrait club. Learning what it takes to produce a substantial head study in a limited amount of time takes practice and patience to develop. The furious work can be thrilling one minute and devastating the next. I’m pleased with how this early effort turned out.
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I find that limiting my palette from time to time helps me appreciate the wider range found in using multiple reds, blues, and yellows in my paintings. I also experimented with tempering the colors used in the flesh by using dark colorful grey mixtures in the background.
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I am always trying new things when painting alla prima but my usual process includes mixing up several clear colors in various values. I start with the simple shapes first and gradually build the values to the highlight. By starting with the simple shapes first, I am forcing myself to recognize not only the overall color of various features, but also their value in relation to the head in space
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For Josh’s portrait I used a smaller canvas and planned a more ambitious composition. To help myself out I used a small frame set to the proportions of my canvas. Using the frame not only helped to position the portrait but somehow helped isolate the colors as well. This clear definition of the boundaries cut out any ambient light or color and allowed me to accurately judge the various value ranges throughout the entire painting. I also painted a basic under-painting keeping in mind that any outline or mark would eventually be covered by the final painting. A natural tendency I have is to want to save the carefully measured outline but I wanted a more layered appearance.
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This is a painting of my math teacher David Cushman. This painting was done alla prima in three hours. It is an example how I like to balance my understanding of formal elements with a gestural painterly technique. My approach was one of observation and impression. Describing the planes of the human head as they exist in space provides a chance to not only test what you see but what you can remember.
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