For large format or more formal and complex portraits the best results are achieved from life but a for a simple head and shoulders format, a good photograph can be sufficient. In the case of a surprise gift or a posthumous portrait of course I can paint from your own photographs.
After a first 1 hour session taking sketches and photos, we will decide together a preliminary composition. I will then submit one ot two oil studies for approval. This will be followed either by a second photo/sketch session or, if my first proposal is approved, I will begin the underpainting.
One or two 1h30 sittings to paint the head and make any corrections/changes usually suffice. I will then finish the painting.
The process can take 1 month to 6 weeks due to the many layers of glazes which all need to dry.
If the portrait is required to be painted from your own photograph, it is better to provide several extra photographs of the model from different angles and in a different light to enable me to achieve the best possible likeness.
pastel/gouache 40x50cms (approx) from your own photographs €350
pastel/gouache 40x50cms (approx) from life €700
oil 35x27cms (approx) from your own photographs €500
oil 35x27cms (approx) from life €900
Oil 3/4 length 72x90 cms (approx) €1800
Larger formats/full length prices on request