Friday, December 22, 2006

daily painting practice 114 - portrait progress

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Remember this? Back in August I started a portrait of my daughter and son-in law. I have posted progress steps along the way. Now I am 13 days away from having to deliver it as a gift to his parents. I admit I am feeling just a teeny bit of pressure. I thought I would post all the steps again in one place and bring you up to date.

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.
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Portrait In Progress
oil on canvas

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!


Anonymous said...

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!

Anonymous said...

Good luck!

Anonymous said...

This is truly gorgeous. You captured the love! Congratulations.

Anonymous said...

good luck!- but its not needed, this is a beauty already.

Anonymous said...

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