Thursday, September 24, 2009

Introspection + Progression

Here's a portrait I like to call introspection. Again, I must apologize for the crappy quality of the photo. I'm a lousy photographer. The painting looks much better in real life. On canvas 16"x20"
I've been wanting to show a progression on how my painting starts out, but I always forget to take pictures...and it's just as well because the following pictures were out of focus so I tried to correct that in photoshop.

The first step after I pencil in the subject is to paint in the darkest areas with diluted burnt umber. This gives it a water-color like appearance at first.
After that I went in and started to add some color and I also added more layers of burnt umber and alizarin crimson into the shaded areas.
Once the desired color is found I just keep adding more layers using thicker coats of paint. For this particular portrait I decided to get rid of the subjects fingers that were peeking out from under her arm. After I was satisfied with the main subject I went in and added a little color in the background.


  1. WOW..that is terrific work. Truly beautiful. Is it wrong to fall in love with a painting?

  2. It happens to me all the time Cal. ;)