Friday, March 28, 2008

Oil Portrait, step one

With the extended drying time in oils, it makes sense to me to have several oil paintings going at once. This is a portrait of my son that I previously painted in watercolor. The lighting in this photo is a wonderful soft, morning light. Stephen has a peaceful, calm expression and gesture that is rare for him. I most want this painting to emphasize that mood and feeling.

I started with a warm underpainting of cadmium orange then transferred my sketch onto the canvas. The next step will be to block in big areas of color.

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