Wednesday, August 13, 2014

... I'm Ready for My Close-up ... or ... the Portrait Is Done, and a Color Study Is in Progress ...

31.5 x 21.5 cm.
A lot of dry-brushing of thin glazes has gone on, and some are so thin even I have trouble seeing them. But I think they have given a beautiful, soft glow to her gentle coloring. When I started this portrait, I had thought to put in a background of various soft greens, suggestive of leaves,  to act as complement to her coloring. But at this point, considering the softness of color and the tightness of the format, I know it is much better as is. This was not a commission, but the parents did ask to see the portrait when I finished. Hopefully, they like it enough to purchase it.

29 x 22 cm.
This one is a study for a commission. When finished, it will be a bit taller and much wider. The reference photo was taken in a covered riding ring. The background in the photo was quite nebulous, and I have chosen to make it even more so. The background will meld into the ground [the footing of the arena], and will be darkest on the far right. Again, I am using my favorite triad of quin. burnt orange, quin. violet and indanthrone blue. I like the color scheme, and the horse/rider image; my only qualm so far is the overall composition, but I'll see how it goes.

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