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Portraits by Gordon Pelton


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Portraits by Gordon Pelton


Mark Twain

Mark Twain

On these pages you will find a number of  pastel and acrylic paintings, a few sculptures, information about the artist and his studio and how to order original art or giclee copies of some of the paintings. Click on your selection below.

* Galleries

* About the Artist

* Artist's Studio

* Awards

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Contact the Artist

 

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Galleries


Galleries


On these pages are found many portrait paintings organized in the following categories. Click on a category below.

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The Artist


The Artist


GORDON PELTON

Gordon did not begin painting portraits until into his seventies after fifty years as a Computer Scientist. Because he was born colorblind, he had always avoided anything that required an understanding of color – and that included art. Still, he was fascinated by and curious about those who were able to produce works of art. In more recent years he sought opportunities to talk with artists and he frequently asked them whether a colorblind person could paint portraits. Until a few years ago he always got the same answer: “No, it’s not possible – you must know color to paint people.”

In 2008 Gordon met an artist who explained that a colorblind person could produce monochromatic art and was shown expertly created pencil and charcoal drawings by this artist. Gordon immediately bought several art books and set about teaching himself to draw. For the next year he practiced doing pencil portraits by copying photographs and greeting cards.

Early in 2009 Gordon was still drawing portraits in pencil when he enrolled in a short drawing class where he was introduced to charcoal drawing and to pastel painting. The second pastel work he painted was of Mark Twain, white pastel on black paper. He entered this painting in a People’s Choice exhibit. The painting won first place and has since gone on to win other first place awards. In 2011, his black and white pastel portrait of Teddy Roosevelt earned Best in Class, Best in Division and Best in Show awards at the Nevada County Fair. (To see these and other of Gordon's Art Awards, click on AWARDS at the bottom of this page.)

Since 2009 Gordon has created more than 100 portraits. Early in 2010 he began teaching himself to paint with acrylics. Gordon continues painting portraits and has worked to learn something about color and color mixing -- disciplines he had always resisted. He is still unable to see or to differentiate many colors but has been able to paint portraits by using colors that are not natural. In these, Gordon avoids real life colors and tries to represent faces in interesting yet different ways.

In 2012, Gordon discovered he could achieve a physical third dimension in his portraits by inserting common building screws into a panel of plywood, adjusting the depth of each screw then painting the heads of the screws. A typical three dimensional portrait of about 20 x 24 inches requires more than two thousand screws. These portraits have received a lot of attention and have been described by others using words such as "stunning" or "amazing" or even "wonderful." To view images of these fascinating works of art, click on 3-D PORTRAITS below.

In all of his paintings, Gordon has created a style all his own, a style that does not require normal color vision. He paints portraits in either black and white or in vivid colors that reach beyond real life -- and they range among a variety of subjects including children, actors, celebrities, bicyclists, presidents and even classic automobiles.

Gordon says he is excited about painting and loves experimenting with painting techniques that are new. He spends time almost every day at his art and plans to continue to expand his knowledge and skill in creating art.

 

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Awards


Awards


The art pieces shown on this page have won prizes in various shows in Northern California.

 

"Woman in Gown" in Bas Relief:             3-D PORTRAITS 

First Place     Mixed Media                         Pioneer Arts Spring Show  2014

First Place     Fine Arts                                Wildwood Art Flair              2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Pres. Andrew Jackson" in 3-D:             3-D PORTRAITS 

First Place     Mixed Media                         Pioneer Arts Spring Show  2013

First Place     Fine Arts                                 Wildwood Art Flair              2013

First Place     Fine Arts Mixed Media          Nevada County Fair            2013 

 

 

 

 

 

"Mark Twain on Book Spines":                SCULPTURE             

First Place      Sculpture                              Pioneer Arts Spring Show   2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Pres. Teddy Roosevelt":                       PRESIDENTS

Best of Class         Intermediate Pastel      Nevada County Fair          2011

Best of Division     Intermediate Pioneer   Nevada County Fair          2011

Best of Show         Fine Arts                        Nevada County Fair          2011

 

 

 

 

 

"1930 Ford Model A Roadster":               CLASSIC CARS

Second Place        Acrylic Class        Northern Mines Show (Juried)     2010

 

 

 

 

"Mark Twain":                                              CELEBRITIES

First Place              Fine Arts               Wildwood Art Flair                       2009

Second Place         Pastel                   Pioneer Arts Spring Show           2010

Best of Class          Pastel                    Nevada County Fair                    2010

Best of Division      Intermediate         Nevada County Fair                    2010

                                                                                                                                                                                   

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Gordon's Studio


 

Gordon's Studio


 

Several views inside Gordon's Studio. 

West View Inside Gordon's Studio

North View Inside Gordon's Studio

Gordon in Studio

Screw-Hole Drilling Jig for 3-D Portraits

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Place Order


Place Order


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Contact the Artist


Contact the Artist


You may email the artist at gordon@gpelton.com

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