Court Jones Blog
New Portrait Commission 
Tuesday, September 13, 2011, 03:00 PM - Portraits
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I just delivered a portrait commission to a family here in San Diego. I took several photos of the mother and son, from which to work. But they ended up sending me one of their own photos, which ended up being a pretty good choice. I liked the lighting coming in from the side, but would have liked it more if there were some lighting on the mom's face too. Sometimes, picking just the right photo to work from can be the most difficult choice.

Overall, I'm very happy with it. This is oil on 18 x 24" Claessen's linen. Click on the image for a larger view.

Or see it on my portrait website: www.crjonesart.com


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Annual Show of the San Diego Portrait Society 
Sunday, May 22, 2011, 02:24 PM - Portraits
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Yesterday was the reception for the annual all-member show for the San Diego Portrait Society. And I am very pleased to announce that my two paintings "Train of Thought" and "Don" won awards,

My 12 x 16" painting of my late friend Don Flaws won First Place Honorable Mention.







And my 24 x 30" painting entitled "Train of Thought" won Best of Show for this year.





And a detail:





This is a great honor for me as it is a show with a lot of other really strong and well-executed paintings. If you are in San Diego, you can still see the show until May 29. The gallery hours for the Poway Center for the Performing Arts are Tuesday through Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm and Saturdays from 11:00am to 3:00pm or during regularly scheduled performances at the theater (www.powayarts.org).

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Pre Nol 
Tuesday, December 21, 2010, 09:14 PM - Portraits
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I just finished yet another semester at the Watts Atelier. I only took one class this time around-a long portrait painting class. We had the model for three class sessions each, or about 9 hours. The last model we had was Fred, who dressed as Father Christmas for us.

This is on a Claessens linen mounted on a 14 x 18 inch panel




During the final class, I took the last 60 minutes of pose to do a small gestural study from another position. This next one is on a gessoed hardboard panel. 8 x 10 inches



As usual, I think I like my quick study more. Most people usually say they like my quicker studies more than my finished portraits as well. One of the most difficult things for me when doing a longer pose, or more formal portrait is to preserve the spontaneity and gestural strokes. The thing is...spontaneity is great. But it can often result in distortions and inaccuracies. The drawing of the features on this 60 minute Santa is a bit off in places. That's why your skills have to be up to snuff if you want to be a really good alla prima portrait (or any kind of) painter. You need to have a lot of training under your belt and must rely on your fundamental drawing skills to work quickly and accurately. And I'm definitely not always happy with my gestural work. But I am pretty happy with how this little painting turned out, despite the flaws here and there.

Here's a detailed closeup to get a better sense of how I handled the forms with the brush.



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