Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Taxi Driver

Taxi Driver, acrylic on canvas board, 8" X 10" inches

I’m just popping this painting up to show you. This is a taxi driver was painted last summer using a direct approach. It was done in a portrait class taught by Arthur Evans (no links!). He supplied me with the photo of the taxi driver and the street scene photo later on. It must be said that he taxi driver's features were a pleasure to work with.

The portrait that I am currently working on is, for the moment, looking very realistic and tight. For a realistic perspective, the painting is fine as it's keeping within the likeness of the subject. The time that has gone into the care of blending is heading towards greater realism and a cleaner painting.

Without dwelling too much into it, I have been wondering a little too why this is and what relevance will it have to the final stage. Mind you, it is a warming experience to have and being relaxed and just let things happen in a learning process is reassuring.

The first dead layer of my most recent portraiture should be finished in the next couple of days. I wasn’t kidding about the amount of care going into it. Hopefully I'll have it posted by the end of the week.

One of hurdles that has developed during this painting is my better half comments of the experiencing a curious odour of solvents lingering through the house. With no desire to go shopping and to continue to live and paint here, without being sent to the shed, a non-toxic and odourless solvent has been rediscovered in storage. (A little reminisce from back in the day.)

This solvent has been used in the house before without any questions. In other words, it should do the trick and a much happier studio for it!

-Kim Bennett


  1. What wonderful character - you're amazing with portraits!

  2. Your figure work is just great; rendering people is such a challenge and you pull it off with seeming ease. Beautiful painting!

  3. Kim you did an amazing job..I always find the most satisfaction in painting portraits!

  4. Thank you, Katherine, Steve and Carla for the kind comments about this painting. The features in the taxi drivers face was a pleasure to paint.

  5. Beautiful portrait, Kim - so lively and real! And the background is great, too.

  6. I would be truly honored if you gave your poetic advice on my blogs of poetry and follow them.


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