Thursday, August 25, 2011

Commission Work

Hey Friends, Yesterday I had my favorite little man for 4-5 hours. The photo above is Nic in the swing and I'm laying on the ground clicking away. I was after reference photos for my swing paintings! He was pretty entertained by me laying on ground. He is such a sweetheart.
I thought I'd show you what I've been working on for a while. I haven't painted with oils for a long time so I'm pretty slow. I'm catching up now, I think. The photo above is the initial block in. Already I'm not happy with it. Everything is in a line. And even though that's pretty much how it is in real life - it doesn't make for a good composition. S0000-0-0-0-------
Here I've painted out the arbor bench and made the pond bigger. This seems to give more of an aerial perspective. So now I"ll put the bench back in, lower in picture plane and rotate it to the right. There will be 2 children and a dog in here also. And the pond doesn't look exactly like this, but I wanted to see inside so the beautiful Koi and plants show up better. The lady that commissioned this painting has worked real hard to landscape her yard and it is beautiful. Hope I can do it justice.
Happy Trails.


Pam said...

Look how that little man is growing! That's a fantastic photo of him for painting, too, dontcha think? And just to say, what a lucky boy he is to have you--on the ground, under the swing to capture the best photo of him! Sweet!

hw (hallie) farber said...

In the first photo he's thinking, "There's that woman who threw me out of the hammock. What's she gonna do now?" Nice photo.

The second painting is much improved. Happy trails.

Holly said...

It is so interesting to see your process! I feel so privileged to know how the genius works. ;-)

Sue Furrow said...

Hey girls, you're all 3 too funny.Pam I'm the lucky one- I get to watch him grow up. Hallie-You don't forget much do you. Hoping he doesn't remember the hammock incident. Holly-I'm flattered to be even called a Genius ! I know you were just kidding but thanks anyway. Hope you all have a great weekend.