About Winifred Whitfield

I'm a digital painter. Portrait painting is my speciality. I am a professional photographer portrait photographer. I love to paint. I can paint with or without the use of photographs - depending upon client needs. I create both portrait and fine art paintings.

Sunflower Seeds and Stems on a Brick

11×14 Oil Painting on a Panel

Sunflower Stem and Seeds Oil Painting by Winifred

Not long ago, I paint sunflowers with petals drooping and falling off.

This time, I decided to create a sunflower painting at a stage when all it’s yellow petals had dropped. What you see is the rather stiff green bract, located behind the petals. I find every aspect of the sunflower’s structure and development beautiful and quite fascinating. Initially I set up a single flower head, but two provided much more interest. For this still life set up, I used sunlight  beaming through my window blinds to provide dramatic light.  I’m pretty happy with the painting. I may have it cut it to a square in order to alter the design so the bottom flower is not dead center.  Hope you like it.

Portrait – Guatemalan Girl in Doorway

Unfinished Oil Portrait of Girl in Doorway – by Winifred

The reference photo for this Oil painting was provided by Daphne and Art Carlyle – Thank You!!  I loved the image for it’s overall design and emotional content.  It’s not finished (notably hand and area around hand) and I rarely post unfinished work – but I may not finish it because I have so much to do right now and I wanted to show you one of the paintings I’ve been working on.

 

 

 

Below is a detail of her pretty face.

Head Detail – From Guatemalan Girl in Doorway Portrait

Sunflowers in Checkered Pitcher

11×14 Oil Painting

Sunflowers in Checkered Pitcher Oil Painting by Winifred Whitfield

Without a doubt, this is one of my favorite sunflower paintings to date. It absolutely brings a smile. I love the black and white enamel pitcher.  I resisted painting it for months now, thinking I didn’t want to paint all the checks but it was not so difficult to do. 

Below –  Oil on 11×17 panel.

Sunflowers Oil Painting on Checkered Table Cloth by Winifred Whitfield

I guess, I’d already commenced my “checkered” journey a couple weeks before with the tablecloth the painting above – from imagination.  That’s probably why I felt I could at least paint checks looking at them.   I love the looseness of these flowers and the colors. Hope you enjoy both. 

Five Sunflowers

11×14  Sunflower Oil Painting on Panel

Sunflower Bouquet by Winifred Whitfield

  I often try this sort of unstructured colorful painting between portrait paintings.  Although my first love is portrait paintings, they are so tedious and exacting, they exhaust me.  Painting playful and colorful florals is how I recover.  I’ve recently completed a couple of portraits I am very proud of – but I can’t show you yet!

 

I hope you are having a wonderful Easter or Passover – or just a relaxing Sunday in any way you choose.

Portrait Redo

Portrait Redo – 9×12 Portrait Oil Painting on Linen Panel

Revised Painting of Young Mexican Girl by Winifred Whitfield

A few weeks ago, I posted the “first painting” of this young girl as labled.  It has some cuteness about it, but it is in my home and I saw it daily and it irritated me more and more each day.

 It is not unusual for me to make little changes to a painting as I see the need – “seeing” a process unto itself. For this painting, however, my concerns were major and required major repainting, which upon conclusion, I consider a major accomplishment. I even created/modified a brush just to add the curls to her hair.   Well, it’s done – at least for now!! What do you think?