The past week, Jeff has been working on another painting in his “Life” series – this one featuring warm pink shades, unlike the previous painting (Life #2) that focused more on cooler hues. The lighting for this painting was a little more complex than the previous “Life” paintings, with a purple light in the shadows, and a more fuchsia shade in the reflected light and background. One of the reasons Jeff chose the bright pink was because of the way it brought out similar tones in her cheeks and lips. Can’t wait to see the finished product!
Jeff Hein just finished this piece, “Life #2” for the Figurative show at Waterhouse Gallery in California. It is #2 in a series.
Today at the studio, Hein Academy of Art student, Heather Rison, snapped some quick photos of Jeff working on his current painting of his assistant, Lis. The painting has a similar theme and process as “Life #1”, with colored lighting on the side of the face and an animal in the hands of the subject.
Also, I hope you all notice the little parakeet sitting on Jeff’s shoulder… We have another studio pet! This little guy will be featured in the painting as well. More pictures to come!
Jeff Hein’s latest work, “Life #1” has been completed at sent off to Quidley and Company in Boston for a group figurative show. Jeff’s philosophy of working from life certainly hasn’t compromised here, not to mention the live snakes and rabbits… The amount of patience, dedication, skill, and creativity has been incredible for those around him to observe and feel a part of. We all look forward for seeing what Jeff creates next.
Below is another piece by Jeff where pan pastel was a main medium. You can see the light movements from the pastel more in the back. Also, take notice to how line is used in this drawing. Often times there is minimal line to help round the form, where in other areas, when used creatively, the dark lines help enhance the expression of the form – especially in areas where detail is purposely left out.
“Charlotte” is a portrait drawing from the Tuesday night class, by Jeff, at the Hein Academy of Art in Salt Lake City, Utah. The piece is drawn using pan pastel, which is the softest form of pastel. It was developed so artists could approach drawings more like painting, as it is easier to control than regular pastel. It is erasable, and light, which makes it an excellent medium to use with other forms of pastel, or in this case, charcoal.