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Adding color

I really wanted to start experimenting more with color in my portraits. Most of my paintings have a strong presence of color either in the background or in some feature, but I haven't been extremely daring in adding a huge color variation to my skin tones. I decided that for my next portrait I would take it to a more extreme level & see how it goes! This painting definitely started with lighter hues & became more vibrant as I became more confident with color. Here's a few pics of my progress so far...

The hair & shirt still needs a fair amount of work, but I'm enjoying the evolution of this one!

Quote it

 

I've always loved this quote. The more I paint the truer it rings. 




 

Ready to go!

 

It's officially done & ready to go off to it's new home! YAY! As glad as I am to be done with this painting I got so used to seeing this guy in my studio everyday! I forgot to post this earlier but the official dimensions are: 30 x 42 inches and is done in oils on stretched canvas.

 
 
 

Cat Commission

 

 I've been getting more requests for animals as of lately, including some pets! I'm a huge animal lover & I always admire how much people care for and adore their own animals, so it's fun when a client wants something specially done. The last commission I just finished up was a square painting (36 x 36 in.) of three different cats. Because cats can be a little tricky to photograph (especially when I'm trying to get all three kitties to look at me at once) I decided to reference separate photographs for each cat. The clients I were working with had a very specific image of how they wanted the three cat heads fading into each other and the background- it's great when there's a clear "picture" of what somebody wants out of a painting :) 

Here's the three photographs I used for the painting along with the final result! meow. 

 

quote it

Lovely quote by one of the greats. 

Outlines

 

Depending on the subject, I find that properly outlining a drawing can make a huge difference to my painting process. Once I have my image sketched on my canvas or panel I like to outline the pencil lines so I don't lose the fine details and specific marks in the process. Usually I just use a little bit of burnt sienna with some gamsol to get a very thin & light line down on my new piece. The light layer of paint keeps outlines identifiable and can easily be covered up once thicker paint is laid down.