Study of John Singer Sargent’s Self Portrait

In an effort to learn and challenge myself, I did a study of one of the master’s self portraits using his basic, earthy color palette. It amazed me the variety and intensity of the hues I could get using so few colors. Manipulating color is always fun, but the main challenge for me on this painting was to emulate Sargent’s emphasis on value, which is the lightness or darkness of an object.

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Oil on Canvas


8 x 10


Kristen Hess

Meet Kristen Hess

Inspired by beautiful colors and light, Kristen’s artwork reflects the discoveries she makes in studying God’s creation. As a follower of Jesus, Kristen takes joy in internalizing and recreating the world around her. When Kristen is not painting, she may be cooking, enjoying life with her husband, playing any kind of games or sports, and daydreaming about traveling the world.