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Man Sitting in a Café Painting

Man Sitting in a Cafe wth Computer painting

Man Sitting in a Cafe wth Computer painting

Man Sitting in a Café Working with Computer.

Oil painting by Clina Polloni.

Commissioned painting for the lobby of a commercial construction company located in Raleigh NC. The theme was a café where clients and employees could meet and relax in a friendly environment.

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Commissioned Oil Portraits from Old family Photos

Commission Clina Polloni to paint a portrait from an old family photo.

“My father had a small and faded photo of our Great-Grandfather. From this photo and every thing my father told me, I painted his portrait, scanned it and printed on canvas. Now every member of our family has this painting for generations to come.”

My Great-Grandfather Portrait

My Great-Grandfather Portrait

Instructions and Progression:

  1. Draw the person from the old photo.
  2. Do your under-paint or imprimatura with a wash of raw sienna and pale pink in acrylics because they dry faster. With raw sienna continue your defining the features of the face. The under paint is very important because you are drawing with colors and defining light and shade in your final painting. The imprimaturais an initial stain of color painted on the canvas. It provides a transparent, toned ground, which will allow light falling onto the painting to reflect through the paint layers.
  3. Using oils, paint the background.
  4. Using oils start painting the skin, blending light and shade to the color of the skin. Paint the features of the face, putting emphasis in the expression of the eyes.
  5. Paint eyebrows, hair and clothes.
  6. Sign your work of art.

Canvas: 11″x14″


  1. Titanium White
  2. Flesh, Portrait Pink or Pale Pink
  3. Yellow Ochre
  4. Raw Sienna
  5. Burnt Sienna
  6. Venetian Red
  7. Van Dyck Brown
  8. Burnt Umber
  9. Raw Umber
  10. Cadmium Orange
  11. Cadmium Red Light
  12. Alizarin Crimson
  13. Cobalt Blue
  14. Sap Green
  15. Ivory Black
Ginger Grandmother

Ginger Grandmother

Brushes, multi-purpose, polyvalent, from the finest 0 to 6.
For Oil paintings, the best media is Refined Linseed Oil with Refined Turpentine. To clean the brushes Turpernoi. Glass container to mix media.
Easel (a simple table metal easel is fine).
Paper towel.
Plastic plate to mix colors or a Paper Palette.

For the next painting: “I was commissioned by my friend Ginger to paint an oil portrait of her grand mother from an old photo.”

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WARNING, all paintings and photos are copyright © by Clina Polloni.

Clina Polloni is a member of The Makery and the Wake Forest Guild of Artists. Her oil paintings are at The Cotton Company and local businesses of Wake Forest NC.

Clina Polloni received the 2017 Franklin County Art Council ARTIST AWARD.

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