Painting On The Porch Summer 2014

As last year I took out my easel to the porch enjoying the warm and light evenings. Here in the post are progression shots of a newly finished painting of my two daughters.  I take photos during the process. I think sometimes it is easier to spot things I’m not pleased with looking at an image rather that the actual painting.

 

The sketch was made with a lump of burnt wood I found at the beach.

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Then I painted the background and dark areas (burnt umber) with a broad brush trying not to bother about details.

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Adding flesh tones ( raw sienna, cadmium red, yellow ochre and titanium white)

 

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Painted the clothes and messed up their faces loosing contrast. For the girls hair I used the same colours as for the skin plus the burnt umber and some cadmium yellow with titanium white for the sun bleached blond strands.

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The second and final painting of the background. The sky is mostly cobalt blue and titanium white with some cadmium red and cobalt close to the horizon. I used the blue on the clothes as well on left pants and the blue t-shirt.

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I really had to contain myself not to put in too much detail but focus on the areas of dark and light and it actually is a good way of achieving resemblance.

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The finished painting.

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