Image sent to client for input.
Changes made in #2
I had made the background and red of the chair too kigh key (or too bright in value), so I glazed over the back ground and chair to bring down the values so that the children became the main focus...not the bright background!
I also toned down the value of Mackenzie's green romper.
Their skin tones became more developed and I worked on shaping and defining their "body parts"... Mackenzie's left eye needed to be lowered, Natalie's left leg needed to be made less important as did her shoulder/left arm, which needed to be slimmed down. Natalie's jumper needed be shaved down as it went into her back and the arm holes.
If you look closely you'll see even more subtle changes.
Now I "lived with them" again to decide if more things need to be changed.
Images sent to client to see if she had any more thoughts and helpful artist friend collegues for their input.
The final painting in #3
I glazed in warmer skin tones...softened cheeks and their lips and added more definition to their hair. I brought down the back ground value a little more and added more shading to their clothes....AND THEN I SIGNED IT!
I sent my client an image of the final painting...and I'm happy to report that she is thrilled and loves it! YAY.
My goal is to capture the spirit of the subject. When working from an old photo it is sometimes hard for the client to separate characteristics that they see in the grown up version from what had been captured in a momentary flash of a camera bulb many years ago.
The hard part for me is to understand the characteristics of the subject without any real contact besides the photo.
It is so important to hear stories from the client to help me get a better understanding of the feeling/personality needed to be found.
Mackenzie's heart shaped lips and beautiful green eyes, Natalie's "Natatude" ...and their obvious love for their little brother, Baker. Thank you Sue for your delightful input. You made it possible!
I HAVE TIME TO SQUEEZE IN A COUPLE OF COMMISSIONS BEFORE THE HOLIDAYS OR FOR VALENTINES DAY ...BUT HURRY AS THIS IS A COMPLICATED PROCESS!
If you are now inspired to commission a painting or have questions please contact me...the following photos are of past portraits and commissions.
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