A little commission I did recently. The dog recently passed and the owner cried when she saw my portrait.
WIP: Our friend and old neighbour Julio was murdered by another psycho neighbour who was lusting after Julio’s daughter. Having escaped the Pinochet regime in Chile who ‘disappeared’ people in his family, Julio wasn’t one to take things lying down and voiced his opinions to the pedophile, who later ambushed Julio in the woods and killed him. This portrait will be for his lovely widow and three kids, who miss him truly every day. RIP
I’ve been working on this painting for some time now already and I’m getting near the end. I’m working with walnut oil at this stage now though, so it takes forever for the paint to dry between layers. Still to do is fix up the tonal values a bit, then final colour glazing.
Mrs St Louis was such a nice lady.
I’m running behind schedule on a commission because I didn’t like the first one and I’m doing a second. I started my process in the usual way on the first attempt by painting a burnt umber wash, waiting for it dry, and then painting using various browns. It didn’t work. I realized that the background had to be warmer, so I started the second attempt with cadmium orange instead (which took foreeeeever to dry). I think it works better with the blond, but I need to do a second pass and paint in the background flowers still. Lesson learned: you can’t do golden dogs like other dogs.
Getting there. Just need the colour in the dress and it’s pretty much done.
Well, our web hosting got hacked. We decided to switch to a new hosting company but I lost several months of posts. Here’s a whole bunch of photos from all those lost posts – enjoy!
I have done a grisaille today on this commissioned portrait with just black paint – well, it’s not so much a proper grisaille because that would also include white to give more of a grey scale. I find that adding white makes the skin look too grey and I prefer to have more warmth in skin tones, so I make the white of the canvas be my light.
The underpainting for this commission is done!