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.
The first paintings and the one below represent a very recent new technique I am trying. I spread onto my panel a relatively thick layer of material to serve as an underpainting and then carved my image into it with the and of a brush or palette knife. At that point you can create additionally as much or as little texture through out. I allowed it to dry for 2 months. I then painted in the dark outline surrounding each element before beginning to paint with loose imprecise brush strokes and palette knife.
I have created paintings ranging from those as precise as photographs to loose bold painting strokes and texture like these. This is one of my favorite styles. I am very excited about this process and I love the results. One of the wonderful things about oil painting is that you can never say you are done with learning and experimenting. It’s endless, if you’re a curious person who loves to try new things and I am one of those people.
12 x16 Sunflowers and Fruit Oil Painting by Winifred
There will be more portraits to come for sure, but I also want to share with you some still life paintings I’ve been creating. They may look a little different and I have created this look intentionally. I wanted to create still lifes that make me feel what I feel when I look at some of the “masters”. There are certain, hues, textures and values which give their work a distinctively “non modern” look.
12×12 Still Life “Bounty” by Winifred Whitfield Panel
I am aiming to create a look somewhere between old and new. To do this has required me to refine my own oils, a long and complex learning curve to this – rather than using commercially refined oils. Refining my own oil gives me thicker, faster drying, less to non yellowing oil. I make my linen panels (so time consuming), in order to have a nubbier less commercially smooth linen panel. I create hand made paint, by grinding my hand refined oil into powdered pigments I purchase which created a different paint texture. I have about 30 tubes of this paint now – and a sore wrist. I make medium to mix with my paint, all non toxic, using chalk, marble dust or calcite, oil and other ingredients, which adds thickness, translucency and stability to the paint. I get more color saturation and increase my ability to work in layers, wet into wet with out muddying the paint because the paint is thicker and more sequestering.
8×10 Fruit with Blue Plate by Winifred
All of these processes are very time consuming to make but there was something within me that wanted a grasp of my products and how I could manipulate them to alter the look and texture of a painting. Many times during the process, studying and creating these products, I have asked myself why I can’t be content with product I could order from the internet – but I just can not – so I just have to live with myself and the added time and effort!!
I do enjoy, for sure, the results I’m getting. It is definitely a different look from what I was creating with commercial products and I am just getting started!! Thank you for your time. Winifred
I have not posted for more than 2 months. My previous weekly postings fell away. I will do better. One reason for my absence is the amount of effort and focus I was directing to the series of commissioned portraits I’ve been working on, as you will begin to see here. I hope to do better and to keep you more up to date with my work. This is quite a colorful group of oil paintings.
Girl with Floral Vines – Oil Paint on Linen Panel, 12×16, by Winifred Whitfield
The styles of my paintings are quite varied. I allow the person, the image to dictate the ultimate outcome. The painting thus evolves intuitively. I am often surprised by the journey and the outcome. I’ve been fortunate that I’ve been given free rein in creating these portraits. No direction was given. This allows me to be at my most creative. The inspiration for the floral vine came from floral elements in the families marble table
Girl with Colorful Sky, 12×16 oil painting by Winifred Whitfield
I enjoy this rich and colorful sky. It was breezy when I photographed this young lady. At times her hair was whipping all about her face. I ask that she just relax and let it happen. There is always the perfect moment and perfect movement, hence the floating wisp of her hair helping to bring this painting to life. There was not a hint of a sunset – in fact, yet it appeared in the painting.
12×16 Oil Painting on Panel, ” Little Boy with Hand in His Hair” by Winifred Whitfield
This is the most colorful oil portrait I’ve ever painted. The family loves intense vivid color. I thought it would please them and it did. Freehand painting a patterned background was a bit scary but I love patterns and felt confident I could do it. I am pleased. It’s pretty amazing that with all the color and pattern in the background, your eyes still go right to his eyes.
Oil Painting – Sunflower Tapestry Damask, by Winifred
This painting adds a level of detail which I don’t usually include in my paintings. For that reason I an including a few images which reflect the process. Please let me know what you think?
Initial drawing with values created with oil paint.
Freehand painted background design and first color layer.
Above, second color layer and beginning of table cloth.Above, third color layer and continuing to conceptualize table cloth. I rather liked the unpainted tapestry area but ultimately painted it. Below final painting after many adjustments to color and values with glazed oil painting techniques.
Oil Painting – Sunflower Tapestry Damask, 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.
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
I don’t toss my sunflowers as they begin to droop, drop their petals and shrivel. How would you like it if someone did that to you!! You can see that I still find them beautiful and expressive. I had fun with this. Hope you enjoy.
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.