About Winifred Whitfield

I'm an oil painter and a digital painter. Portrait painting is my speciality. I love painting still lifes as well. I'm also a professional portrait photographer.

On ZOOM

Zoom Meeting in New Cool New Glasses – Oil Painting 11×14 by Winifred Whitfield

I admired the new eye glasses while on Zoom and wanted to take a closer look. She sent me a selfie. Every time I saw it in my flies I thought it an interesting reference to paint – and so I did. The painting is so reflective of the times we live in and of course the “readers” are very cute!

Photographing the Photographer

Crown of Locks – 11×14 Oil Painting by Winifred Whitfield

I was walking in Greenwich Village, New York a few years ago when I spotted a young man photographing his client.This photographer had, an interesting and creative lock hair style. I wanted to photograph him. He was working but I was hopeful he would allow a brief intrusion – just a couple shots of him. He smiled and permitted me to do so. I attempted this painting once before, in color and in a more conventional style. Ultimately, I didn’t like it and sanded it down to reuse the panel. That was probably 4 years ago. This is a new version. So far, I’m liking it, though as always, I’m always prone to make changes.

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Striking a Pose

Model in Italy Oil Painting 11×14 by Winifred Whitfield

I’ve shied away from the complexity of painting the brick wall and netting she is draped in for long enough. It was actually challenging but interesting to do. Now I can stop looking at that photo and wondering if I would ever paint it. I took the photo of this model more than 10 years ago. It’s also interesting that I described the complexity of painting the background elements and attire before even thinking about the models face. I call that progress!

Not sure where you are but it’s now dark at 5p.m where I live in Poulsbo, WA. We’ve had a rainy week and a tornado watch as well. I’m so glad I love painting. I’m never at a loss as to how to spend my day. Hope your life goes well wherever you are. Winifred

Repose

“Repose” Oil Painting 12×12 by Winifred Whitfield

Have you seen her before? The last time you saw this lovely lady she had her hands covering her face. No wonder you don’t recognize her!

With her bone structure and the way light graces her face, I thought I should uncover it for this painting. Throughout the summer at a certain time of the morning, I would often observe light coming through a certain window and think ” I must capture a portrait in this light”. On a certain day, I had that opportunity. One only has to “see” the light and recognize it’s potential. I had no idea what an important role my dramatic portrait photography would play in my portrait paintings. It’s also a good thing I enjoy costume design via paint. She was wearing a little black tee with sunflowers but I decided to create her as more regal.

Below, is the previous portrait I posted – her hands covering her face. I really like the painting but wanted to show her face as well. Hope you enjoy both. Winifred

The Weight of the World – Figurative Oil Painting 11×14 by Winifred Whitfield

Dragons Over Her Shoulders

Dragons Over Her Shoulders – Oil Painting 12×16 by Winifred Whitfield

I thought this lovely lady and my dragon bench would look splendid together. I featured a photo this bench in my recent “home gallery” post but I’ve never painted it before. I would often look at this bench and would think “not today” even if had been captured in a reference image. It was actually less stressful to paint than I imagined. Her portrait, on the other hand, posed the usual portrait painting challenge. In every painting there is something to be learned and I enjoy each new experience. Hope you enjoy. Winifred

Girl in Vintage Chair

Girl in Vintage Chair 12×16 Oil Painting by Winifred Whitfield

She wore black jeans and a black tee shirt when I photographed her. I allowed her to pose herself and I’m glad I did. The aspect of the pose I find most endearing is her arms. I never would have positioned them as such but they’re perfect – the elongated arms flowing into the interestingly interlaced tapered fingers. I also didn’t envision this painting style – for sure. There is a class I wanted to take. It will be taught by Valerie Collymore, quite an amazing impressionist painter. Her class is entitled “Renoir Like” – but sadly for me – it’s full. I decided I would paint my own “Renoir Like” portrait but my imagination took over the process and this painting took on a life of it’s own, determining color, texture and abstractions as it evolved. I’m glad things happened as they did. After all, I will always be better at painting “Winifred Like”. Hope you enjoy. Winifred

Venice at Night – The Gathering

Venice at Night – Gathering, Oil Painting 12×16 by Winifred Whitfield

Often, if not all the time you’ll see groups of people gathered in the many narrow paths and streets of Venice, Italy. At night, this is an even more striking as they are lit by golden window light. Add rain and you add shimmer to the darkened silhouettes. Umbrellas don’t play a dominant role in this painting but they are present. Hope you enjoy. Winifred

Woman with Umbrella Oil Painting

Umbrella and Blue Sky Oil Painting 8×10 by Winifred

It was a blue sky day with intense sun and she shielded herself from it as she left my home gallery. I took a few casual photos which I might use – especially since she held an umbrella and we do enjoy paintings with umbrellas don’t we.

Peaches in Sunlight 8×8 Oil Painting by Winifred Whitfield

I have fresh peaches at home – though I didn’t make an effort to give this painting the specific texture and color of peaches. I just wanted to play. I think you think they’re apples. The color is a bit more peachy in the actual painting – but still not exactly. Making interesting brush marks was my focus and I accomplished that. This was a fun painting. It’s Friday. Have a wonderful weekend. Winifred

Serene

Serenity Oil Painting 11×14 by Winifred Whitfield

I love the light and her serene expression. Overall, I enjoy the warm and calm emotion of it. Reference image provided by Tim Ichien. Knowing myself, this painting is not finished but it is the completed part of the first phase of the painting. That’s just the way the painting process goes. It takes time over time.

Candlelight in Venice Cafe

Candlelight in Venice Cafe, 12×12 Oil Painting by Winifred Whitfield

From time to time, over the past 4 years, I’ve viewed the reference photo I took and used for this painting. Often I felt it far too complex for me to paint – or at least, I didn’t want to work that hard. I did love the shapes of the chair backs and of course, the candlelight and the shadowy figures in the dark. Finally I decided I was ready and actually enjoyed the painting process very much. As always there is a change in painting content from that which existed in the photo but that’s to be expected. Hope you enjoy. Winifred