Working through a complicated painting is fun for me.Â 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.Â I love painting long hair, so thank you Elle for growing your hair long.Â 🙂
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.Â 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!Â Try it yourself.
Finally it is time to add more information into the features of the face.Â 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.Â 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.
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.Â Still not sure if it is completed, but it is very close.
Thanks for coming by to see my work.Â I appreciate your interest so much and hope my journey helps you.
Sending love your way.