pastel painting of a man's face

No. 27, 30 Friends in 30 Days

Mike

This is Mike, Janet’s son, and all I know is, I learned a lot about painting a 5 o’clock shadow on this painting! And I remember reading something about it once, a long, long time ago, but it didn’t come back to me in time for this piece. I had to brush it out and start over again. There’s a trick to doing them so that the person doesn’t look like a reprobate. I think I managed it on the second time around.

Thank you, Janet, for sending me your son’s beautiful (and challenging) face to paint!

pastel painting of a man's face

Mike, No. 27, 30 Friends in 30 Days, 9×6″ pastel on illustration board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a man's face

Mike, No. 27, detail, 30 Friends in 30 Days, 9×6″ pastel on illustration board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a man's face

Mike, No. 27, detail, 30 Friends in 30 Days, 9×6″ pastel on illustration board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a man's face

Mike, No. 27, detail, 30 Friends in 30 Days, 9×6″ pastel on illustration board by Marie Marfia

Here are the progress pics.

This is my 30 Friends in 30 Days series. Each day I take a friend’s selfie and make a pastel painting from it. Then I post it to ebay at auction for 7 days. Follow my progress as I learn to paint pastel portraits with a little help from my friends.

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