Sonia Jacka's Studio of Fine Art

Sonia Jacka's Studio of Fine Art from Sonia Jacka's Studio of Fine Art

By: Sonia Jacka's Studio of Fine Art  06-03-2014
Keywords: portrait artist, Portrait Paintings

I paint in oils and enjoy doing drawings in graphite. Once I have completed a painting or a drawing I frame my own work. I only use the best art materials available in the world today. The canvas I use is Belgium Linen and I do have a preference for Rembrandt and Winsor and Newton Artist grade oil paints. I prime my canvas first and once the primer has dried, I put a wash on it before I start the drawing and then the painting. How I do a portrait I think about, and plan my paintings carefully. I want my paintings to be a honest representation of my experiences. In most cases those experiences involve another person or animal. What interests and challenges me is to captivate the expression or emotion of one moment in time. Once composition is determined, I draw a head study in graphite, in order to get a feel for the subject. I then move to my canvas and draw my subject with paint (earth colour). Colour relationships, colour temperature and values are established from life. I ask the sitter to come to the studio for a live sitting. I then continue to paint the portrait, referring to the many digital photographs that I have taken and loaded onto my computer. Periodically I require the client to come for a sitting. It is important to have "live" sessions because photography has many limitations. I work in oils and light dictates the way I set up my paintings. Sometimes I work wet-in-wet without allowing the paint to dry between layers of application, and other times I apply wet oil colour over layers of dry oil colour. I am fascinated by colour and have studied colour intensively. I enjoy texture in my paintings and often use the palette knife.

Keywords: portrait artist, Portrait Paintings

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