Pure in Heart

Working through a complicated painting is fun for me.  I love the detailed robe and nightgown that my model/granddaughter, Elle, was wearing… such an old fashioned and romantic look, especially with her contemplative look and her long braid.  I love painting long hair, so thank you Elle for growing your hair long.  🙂

Here you can see the progression as I add layers of pure transparent color.
As I love to use a limited palette, I am using only 3 colors through the whole painting.

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You can see in the close up that I am moving from color to color, changing color every inch or so.  I carefully observe where there are warmer yellows and peaches and where the cooler blue and violets are as I study my resource photo.
Painting whites are fun!  Try it yourself.

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Finally it is time to add more information into the features of the face.  But, I will adjust and add more as I progress.
I often notice subtle touches that I have missed.

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Next tackling the background, which proved to be my most challenging part of the painting.
This often happens.  And, the background can either make or break the painting.
Here, I was advised to delete the kitten on the top of the stairs, and maybe I should have….

But, I didn’t want to.

Instead, I chose to keep it in and try to make the composition work.

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Adding the darks is my final piece of this particularly challenging painting puzzle.

Elle and Phantom 2 copy

And, you can see here that I’ve lightened the staircase just a bit by dampening it with clear water and carefully lifting a bit of pigment.  Still not sure if it is completed, but it is very close.

Thanks for coming by to see my work.  I appreciate your interest so much and hope my journey helps you.
Sending love your way.
Jeannie


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