Al Aire Libre

Al Aire Libre
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Scottsdale, AZ, United States
Jean Hildebrant paints in oil and pastel mediums. Specializing in portraits and figurative works. Jean also teaches classes and workshops on how to paint the portrait and figure in oil and pastel. For portrait commissions, contact the artist. As Jean continued seeking out ways to improve her talents, she attended workshops held by local artists and enrolled as an art major in the local college. As a result of her efforts, she won two scholarships to Scottsdale Artists School, based strictly on the merit of her work. She has studied with nationally known artists Albert Handell, Richard McKinley, Phil Beck, Bob Lemler, Ben Konis and Clayton J. Beck 111. Artists that have influenced her work include John Singer Sargent, Joaquin Sorolla and Anders Zorn. Jean's favorite subject is the human soul. She desires to capture the essence and inner beauty of the human spirit through the use of light and color. She wants her paintings to speak to the emotions and spirit of each person who views them. She paints realism with the purpose of leaving an indelible impression. Jean has exhibited and won numerous awards in local and national shows.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Mother and Child step 4

Here I have continued working on the heads and started laying in more of the background. I am using lighter tones than the photograph has in the background, wanting to keep a bit more of a light filled atmosphere. I don't want the space to seem dark and depressing. I use grayed out colors of green, reds, and violets to compliment the greens and golds in the main area of the painting.

Mother and Child step 3

In step three, I start laying darks, warm and cool colors, using the side of the sticks in brush-like strokes as well as cross hatching in other areas using the ends of the sticks. I am trying to establish the pattern of light and shadow. I am searching for the temperature changes particularly in the skin tones.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Step Two

Portrait Painting Demo

I recently was the demo artist for UArt sanded pastel paper at the NAMTA trade show. I started this on their 800 grit board. Here is the first stage, the drawing. I am working on 24x18 and I gridded the board to help keep the composition placed correctly. I have drawn this on in a sepia colored pastel pencil.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Summer Idyle

An older pastel portrait I painted, commissioned by a family in Oregon. This was painted on sanded paper. This little girl wasn't too pleased to be posing and wouldn't allow her pristine feet to touch the floor of this porch, even though it was very clean. I thought the expression and pose told a story about her and her Mother said she loved it, that I captured her perfectly, attitude and all. It was very rewarding to know that I had succeeded in creating a portrait that this family treasured.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Portrait Painting Class

Come and join me for classes on painting portraits. It's easier than you think! We will concentrate on shapes and patterns of light and shadow. Don't be intimidated by facial features, they are no different than any other shapes we paint. Individual instruction and freedom to work from your own references. I look forward to helping you conquer your fears and have fun too.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Published in a National Geographic children's book

I have had the great pleasure and honor of having one of my paintings published in a National Geographicl childrens book by Susan Magsamen entitled "The classic treasury of CHILDHOOD WONDERS". It is a beautiful book and can be purchased on Amazon or any of the large bookstores such as Barnes and Noble.
This book is full of great poems, stories, songs and activities that adults and children can share together. Pictured here is the page layout which includes my painting "Little American Beauty". Prints of this painting can be purchased on www, or