Kristin

 Paintings in Process

Transferred Sketch w shadows blocked in
Beginning to adding local color
Composite of two photos: one for feet, which are cut off in top photo
Developing color and expressing to wider areas
Refining color, adding additional depth and detail

Transferred Sketch w shadows blocked in Beginning to adding local color Composite of two photos: one for feet, which are cut off in top photo Developing color and expressing to wider areas Refining color, adding additional depth and detail

The Birth of Painting

Several stages of two commissioned portraits are depicted.  The process, after taking numerous photos, includes choosing one or several key photos to use as reference.  These are chosen with the help of the client, in this case, the parents.  An initial oil sketch/study is done at a smaller scale to show basic composition, colors, expression, etc. The study is much less detailed and finished than the final painting.

Once the photo, or the composite sketch using chosen photos, is settled upon the cartoon (outline sketch) of the study is transferred to the actual canvas being used for the portrait.  Painting of the finished portrait proceeds in stages, from sketch to shadow areas, to color block-in, to detailed rendering, color adjustment and possible glazing.


Initial sketch, transferred to stretched and prepared primed linen canvas. Some shadow areas are blocked in.
Block-in of shadow areas in raw umber w turpentine
Developing the painting, using reference photo for color and detail
Adding more detail, accurate color, background
Close to completion

Initial sketch, transferred to stretched and prepared primed linen canvas. Some shadow areas are blocked in. Block-in of shadow areas in raw umber w turpentine Developing the painting, using reference photo for color and detail Adding more detail, accurate color, background Close to completion
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