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!
Crop from ‘The Tragically Hip,’ 56×60,” oil on canvas, 2018
My friend Nish is an excellent model – I should really use him in more paintings!
My brother-in-law Tom is an excellent model.
Here’s a crop from ‘The Allegory of Climate Change.’ My husband served as a model for this one – it’s a running joke between our friends that Matt is in all my paintings because someone always calls in sick on photo shoot day, and he is the sub!