Friday, April 23, 2010

Beach Babes Commission Portrait ~ In Progress

~ A Peak inside My Studio ~ 
The progress of a commissioned painting from a photograph to the finished painting on canvas.

 The original photograph

Step One: Composing the picture with a charcoal sketch on canvas

Step Two: Laying out the painting with complimentary colors.

Step Three: Painting in skin tones and color value.

Step Four: Adding shadows and highlights.

And the finished piece:
Beach Babes Painting on Gallery Wrap Canvas

Two Views:
The original photograph and finished painting side by side.

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  1. Process. I love the beginning to end feature.
    Great post.

  2. wow, this is amazing! they look so lifelike and it's fascinating how you developed the image so systematically, which must give you much more control....I could never do this!! it's darling, the kids so life-like!!!

  3. What a beautiful piece! Love how you stepped out the process for us to see :)

    Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. xo

  4. This is really beautiful. The step by step process was interesting.

  5. The portrait is looking awesome! You are truly gifted!
    Thanks for letting us see you in action. :o)

  6. very nice; the lazy life of the beach has a timing of it's very own; and you have captured it just right

  7. That's so cool!! I love seeing the transformation from start to finish. Great pictures!

  8. Looks amazing... so cool to see the step by step progress! ;)

  9. Gorgeous! I love to see the process in action!

  10. gorgeous!! i love seeing the process!

  11. Thanks so much - your comments encourage me. My heart is truly connected to this painting as the little girl is now a good friend of my son's. I am trying to find time to finish it, hopefully this weekend. I hope to post a picture of the two children and their mother after they present it to her.

  12. I love to see the process too..., and love your beach portraits! I have actually a post coming up in the near future on Completely Coastal about your "Diver" painting as well as others.

  13. Maya - Thank you, that is quite a thrill for me!

  14. Woah! Thank you for sharing your process! Amazing. Look forward to heading back and looking at your other posts...I love discovering new blogs like yours.
    I have an "honest scrap" "award?" for you on my blog....just go grab the picture and add 10 honest facts on your blog about you!


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