Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Portrait Artists, Help...
Hello, I hope this post finds you well and at peace this fall.
I was so lucky to be able to participate in Ted Nuttall's workshop a few weeks ago. This darling little boy is my friend's son. The photo was picture perfect to start with. I decided to work with a photo of a child because if I was going to be in a workshop with a master like Mr. Nuttall, then I wanted to ask the best how to paint what is the hardest for me. I think it is so hard to paint a child's face because they have no wrinkles and fine lines. Their skin is so smooth it is hard to show the forms on flat paper.
I have shown 3 phases of the painting here. I was in love with the image before the first image on top. I don't have that photo. As you can see I layered in colors. I have overworked some areas and do not think I can show this to my friend now. Although, my goal was not to have a photo realistic painting, I was not intending for a sunburn look either. I am happy with some parts of the painting, but, certainly not overall. I do not know if I can save this painting or I must just start over. If you have any tips, I am all ears.