|drawing and initial washes|
i almost always start with the figures on these types of paintings. i will probably go with a minimum of commentary except for some pithy, critical comments (right!) the face was painted with a #4 round and my usual caucasian skin colors (cadmium red light and yellow pale along with varying amounts of cerulean blue). the background in this area will be mineral violet, black, ultramarine blue, and some burnt sienna mixed mostly on paper. i did a little of this at this time to find some tie ins for the face and figure. this helps it not look cut out and pasted down.
|close up of step 2|
|more background and letters|
i nest painted the older child using the same technique and brush and colors. to go into a little more detail, i put down "dots" of color where i want them darkest and let it dry just a little bit. when it is dry enough to not lose all control of the edges i rinse and shake out my brush and use i damp and clean to move the color around to encompass the entire shape i intended. the bits of white paper i think are important in describing the form and i don't want to lose them as they would be difficult to retrieve. additionally here, i put down some 1" stick on letters that will serve as a resist so i can "negative" paint around them and then peel off the letters leaving white behind much like indicated with the first "H". i hope these won't look too contrived. i might have to "mess 'em up" a little. we'll see.
|detail of last figure|
i then moved on to the last figure namely that of the little kid seated on the chair. nothing new here. just more of the same including the background. i started painting the local color and value of the standing boy's trouser overalls using ultramarine blue and then after it dried complete,y added some of the shadows and fold on his *left* leg distally. i am experimenting on how i am going to paint the building and have decided that it will be mostly white washed combination of logs for support structures and clapboards for the walls. the sin behind the letters will be cobalt blue, burnt sienna and a touch of brown madder 9mainly by putting the brush in the wrong well! i peeled off the letters and i think i can work with them. there will be shadow across the deep part of the porch as well as shadows between the floorboards and clapboards on the walls.
so far i am pleased with how this coming out and i must say that i am liking this paper. that is unfortunate as it costs a fortune!
|where we stand now a the close of work today|