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Mick Jagger Painting

I recently started a series of celebrity paintings. In the first set I am doing ten celebrity paintings. This one is Mick Jagger, of course. The reason I started this new series was to step away from my realistic portraits and practice a larger format (about twice as large compared to my normal paintings) and really work with strokes, no blending with oil. I love the Rolling Stones, I am a little younger than that generation but I had a lot of Uncles that really liked them so the music was around a lot when I was young. If you would like to buy this or see other Mick Jagger Art – take a look at Fine Art America.


Mick Jagger Painting

Mick Jagger Painting by Robert Wheater. Prints Available

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Robert Wheater is a photographer and portrait artist. He lives in a rural California town in the shadow of the largest trees on Earth – the Great Sequioa Trees. If you would like to inquire about original art or commissions you can contact Robert at info@robertwheater.com.

Portrait Painting of Kara

Kara has been a model for me on several occasions and soon we will be working together again. For the last decade I have spent thousands of hours painting. A lot of it for free, just learning every thing I could about my art. I will be following this post with a process of the painting as it went from the painted background to what it is now.

All I can say is I really enjoy painting people, it’s a passion. This one took longer than other paintings. Usually when I have a model for my photography or my painting, I end up painting several pieces of the model and many unfinished sketches.

portrait painting of Kara

Portrait Painting in California by Professional Portrait Artist Robert Wheater

This painting will be featured in a magazine and in a new painting book coming out in 2013. I can’t wait to share that with you.


Painting of Maria – a Work in Progress

When painting a portrait, I think it’s hard to get out of the ‘work in progress’ to a finished painting. For me paintings have to be emotional, something in the art has to finally tell my “you’re done, you did it” and until that moment I will keep fixing my painting until it’s right.

Portrait Painting of Maria – Progress

Close Up of Painting – work in progress of Maria

Robert Wheater is an award winning portrait artist that would love to hear about your commission today. Email him at info@robertwheater today.

Presidential Painting

I did this painting for a competition. It was too late to submit but I still completed the painting. It was late because I had a lot of work to get done and this was for a personal competition. The theme of the competition was ‘contests’ and I figured the presidential elections was probably the biggest contest in the world.

Presidential Election Painting

Presidential Election Painting

Presidential Election Painting Complete

Presidential Election Painting Complete

If you would like to talk about your commissioned painting email me at info@robertwheater.com.

Painting Models

I’ve had to rely on models to paint and photograph from the beginning of my art career. All my life, I have stumbled over my words when trying to talk to beautiful women. Come on – through high school I was the D&D game master with all the nerdy friends. Art changed that. I just knew what I wanted to create, how to create it and had this self-esteem that was just there because of art. There was no getting nervous really – well the beginning of any meeting between to people that feels sort of random is a little bit strange but that evaporates pretty quick into a ‘let’s create art’ mode.

I have worked with Sunni a few times and decided to paint her for practice. This was not a commission but more of a practice painting. I think one problem I have is I have to keep painting regardless of what it is. The very action of painting is the art to me – the finished painting doesn’t mean I am finished painting, I usually don’t stop for the day I just keep painting something.

If you are interested in a painted portrait I would love to hear about it. Email me at info@robertwheater.com and we can start talking about your art today.

Painting of Model

Painting of a Fashion Model

Boudoir Painting

I’ve painted hundreds of portraits and intimate paintings are among my favorite. The master painters and nearly every portrait painter for the last 500 years has created intimate paintings. The boudoir painting is definitely not for everyone but they are incredible works of art, especially in the bedroom or master bathroom.

Before thinking about a boudoir painting, think of it’s location. Where is it going to be displayed? I believe that boudoir paintings are meant for few people you know – if the painting is of you. I have done several anonymous looking paintings of clients that are focal point paintings in living rooms but they cannot truly tell – they know but the guests usually just think it is a great painting.

If you are interested in getting your boudoir painting either an original work of art from me or a commission painting of you contact me at info@robertwheater.com.

Boudoir Painting

In the Morning | Boudoir Painting

The original reference photo for this painting was taken by Edyta Stala. She was contacted on DeviantArt for permission to paint the image.

Painted Portraits | Ciann

I have held a camera in my hand for a long time and while I love painting, I am also a photographer. For quite awhile now I have worked on combining both traditional and digital means to create great art. So, my painted portraits have naturally evolved into one of my favorite pieces of art.

Kids Painted Portrait

It starts with photography. I create a photograph of my subject, usually a person but I have worked with pets, architecture, landscapes and just about everything else. From that point, I find a single image and begin sketching it traditionally to become familiar with the subject. From there I take it to digital painting software and create an image similar to the one above. It takes years of training, three different programs and artistic skill to do it. From there it goes to a special printer that puts the image onto a wood panel. Once I receive the panel, I work it again to create the final piece of art that will hang on your wall. My paintings begin in size from 8×10 and most are not larger than 30×40 but I can do larger if requested.

This unique painted portraiture is very difficult to create and takes a great deal of time to create that single perfect image. Contact me at info@robertwheater.com for more information.

Fine Art Reproduction | The Reader

A couple months ago I was asked if I can recreate art. Yes, I can create reproductions of the masters on canvas. Here is a reproduction of Jean-Honore Fragonard’s “The Reader”. If it was painted before 1900, I would be happy to recreate paintings for you. Reproductions  are not 100% and I don’t want them to be – I prefer to think of them as a re-creation of an incredible piece of art. This was a four feet tall reproduction and nearly life size.

Reproductions of the Master Painters

If you would like to see old art recreated for your home I would love to hear from you. I also do original commissions from photographs. I can paint from old or new photographs but prefer to have at least 2-3 photos for references. Email me at info@robertwheater.com.

Self Portrait and a Little About Me

This is a self portrait painting. I try and do at least one a year, sometimes two. One of my paintings in the background and a definite focus on messing with the grid system but adhering to other laws of perception.

I always look so serious and mean. I’m a big guy too, around 6’2″ and 260 lbs – I look imposing and mean, even though I am a nice guy to be around. I’ve had a pretty rough life but I don’t act like it. I guess if I have a self-portrait I should talk about the subject matter – I rarely do.

I have been a struggling artist about a decade. I’ve been into art all my life I just never pursued it as a way of life. Now when I say struggling, I don’t mean struggling to create art – I mean everything else. Life is a struggle, you don’t have to let it bring you down. Oh – if life is not a struggle for you, you’re doing it wrong. We almost always need to be trying to do things we have never done, try things we never tried and so on… it should be an enjoyable struggle. When you have kids, you should be struggling to raise them right – it doesn’t come easy. When you create art, don’t do the same thing as the last thing you did – that’s easy. Make it a struggle.

I grew up spending time out of school in Yosemite with my father, fishing on the Snake River. Then I returned for the school year with my mother – in a gang infested ghetto in the early 90’s. A lot of people don’t understand what the early 90’s “Colors” era was like. I fought several times per week, had guns held in my face, fired in my direction and never once resorted to putting a gun in my own hand or joining a gang for protection – I walked alone and fought alone. The Marine Corps. was my escape after speaking at my graduation about overcoming adversity in life. A few years later it was the street teaching me new lessons – not able to find a job – I entered a life of homlessness. I didn’t have to be on the street, I was offered places to live but I couldn’t be a burden so I just went on my own. Two years of homelessness were a slow grind – hard to find a job when you have nothing to wear and no way to get clean for one. Then I went to jail for three months for an assault, well three of them. When I got out of jail three months later, I didn’t really have anywhere to go and then a friend’s mother found an ad in a newspaper – a job fair for Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus and nine days later, I was flown to Texas to work in Ringling as a rigger. The job came at just the right time – four years later and a lot of miles of touring I was done. I had met the love of my life and returned home. Going into design and art I began working.

Now, a decade later I have two Bachelor degrees – one in business and one in art. But more importantly – I struggle in different ways now. Am I the father I can be? The husband?The artist? They are even harder than fighting. But now I am happy, although I don’t ever look it – it’s my face. Underneath that hard exterior though, is a guy smiling, laughing and ready to talk your ear off about whatever today’s interest is.

Self Portrait Painting

Self Portrait

Robert Wheater is an artist living in Visalia, California – the Gateway to the Sequoias. If you would like to contact him to create art for you – email at info@robertwheater.com.

Painting of a Bride

A bridal painting is normally created from photographic references but can be painted from sittings. I have painted many commissioned portrait paintings and have a few private collectors of my art. I specialize in painting people, especially formal scenes. This painting is definitely one of my favorites and I have followed it up with a link to the time lapse of the painting. Thanks for visiting and I hope to paint for you one of these days.

Painting of a Bride (2012)

Here is the time lapse video of this painting. Digital painting has so many advantages. It is better for our environment, the final canvas made is also painted again – there are no differences in the final visual art but it still takes a lot of time to get right. Here is the big one though. This piece is fairly large – 24×30 on canvas and to afford an oil painting of this size would cost over $2000. That is the lowest price I have been able to find for oil paintings of my caliber. You can get this size painting from me for half that – not because it’s any ‘cheaper’ but because it took less storage, space, my tools were less expensive, my process cost less – but my final painting will last longer than oils will. My painting is more durable and higher quality. Here is a time lapse of this piece being created from a blank canvas to the final piece.