Portrait Color Study #7
Jonathan has chosen to paint expressive oil portraits on 8x10in. paper for a number of reasons.
First, the small size of the paper allows him to work quickly and spontaneously, capturing the essence of his subject in a single session. This is important to McAfee, as he wants his portraits to feel fresh and alive.
Second, the paper format forces him to focus on the most important aspects of his subject's face, such as the eyes, nose, and mouth. This helps to create portraits that are both intimate and expressive.
Third, the use of oil paints allows McAfee to create rich and vibrant colors. This is essential to his style, as he wants his portraits to be visually appealing.
Finally, McAfee is drawn to the contrast between the fragility of the paper and the permanence of the oil paints. This contrast reflects the duality of human nature, which is both delicate and resilient.
Each of these small portrait paintings includes an 11x14in. black frame with white mat board.