Painting In Maine! It doesn't get any better. This blog is my attempt to share what I learn on the journey. I retain the reproduction rights to this artwork.
Friday, December 22, 2006
daily painting practice 114 - portrait progress
This pose looked too stiff and did not reflect the soft intimacy they share as a young couple.
So I changed the way he was holding her arm. This brought a new set of problems however. At this point I really thought about starting over.
Her hand was too large and his too high on her arm.
Here is where I am as of this morning. I painted more with them sitting in front of me to get the flesh tones and colors correct. I have corrected her hands but still need to work a little on his. She has a few hard edges that need to soften or fade to shadow and I will finish the detail in the scarf. As always, I am stuck on what to do with the back ground.... this always haunts me at this point. Wish me luck!
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This is a wonderful portrait! I love seeing the WIP steps. Good call on the hands. His parents are going to flip! .. oh, and I like the simplified background. Don't sweat it. You're doing great!
This is truly gorgeous. You captured the love! Congratulations.
good luck!- but its not needed, this is a beauty already.
Lovely picture Peter, I would use the dark browns that you use in your daily paintings to make a soft darker background around the edges to emphasise the saftey, security and loving tenderness that you have captured here.
Happy Christmas to you and yours. Sarah xx
Very nicely resolved. You have captured a shared moment, and one that will be appreciated I am sure.
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