Tuesday, January 25, 2011
subject started to relax and cooperate with me. I got a great shot of the little girl, but the overall temperature of the photograph felt more like October than July.
No worries, for this is the wonderful part about oil painting. I can turn up the heat on the canvas by using warm highlights and cool shadows. I pushed the color here a little more than usual, but I love how it turned out. Happily, so did my clients!
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
At first I wasn't sure how to handle the reflection in the painting. I didn't want to paint it so accurately, that it competed with the actual subject of the painting, but at the same time, it was an important element of the composition. In the end, I loved the freedom involved with painting the reflection, enjoying the abstract quality it lent to an otherwise realistic portrait.