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.