Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Getting Ready To Paint

At left is a watercolor study for a painting I've been wanting to do for a while but had been putting it off. I don't know why I waited so long to start on it. I took several photos of my wife as reference for this work and used them before to sketch or make head studies from but I've never gotten around to painting the image.I suppose if I think about it I could come up with a list of reasons or excuses or maybe I just wasn't feeling like working on this particular painting till now.

Once I decided that now would be a good time to start this painting I began to work on the watercolor and a pencil drawing before I went on to the painting in oil. The paper for the drawing was too grainy but I went ahead and struggled with it, don't think that was such a good idea in the end.

 Neither the watercolor or the drawing were particularly successful but doing both helped me to understand what I was going to have difficulty with in the final painting and what exactly do I want to come across with this image.The tilt of the head, the hands and the length of the shoulders were going to present problems. The expression on her face changes in these studies. The watercolor shows her smiling and the drawing shows a more moody expression. I want to see if I can paint her with an outward smile and an expression on her face of her thoughts turned inward.

On the right is the initial laying in of paint for the final painting in oil.

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