ML, Washed over with Burnt Umbra/MS mix and ready
for Phase two: the monochromatic Grisaille
Pencil Draw-in completed by going over pencil
lines with thinned down Burnt Umbra
Beginning with a grid system proportionate to the grid drawn over the selected reference
used as a guide for the draw-in using a number #3H pencil.
The reference was 8" x 10"; the canvas is 16" x 20" twice as large.
|Mrs. ML's reference photograph cropped and converted to black and white.|
Because Mrs. L's reference photograph is missing important details, I took my time with the draw-in phase of the Venetian/Flemish painting process.
The facial features lost in extreme light and darkness needed to be carefully scrutinized to get them down and get a likeness. The grid helped a great deal, but has its own built-in failing: lines have dimensions that if not accounted for will throw off the enlargement. But you know that from my last post.
To lighten up, there was John T, my FB buddy,
looking like a thug on the wall of the post office.
He's changed his profile picture since then.
It took me a couple of weeks to get to this point. I took a lot of breaks to refresh my concentration. I took a few breaks to conquer impatience and a tendency to procrastinate brought on by the degree of concentration involved. But this method of painting is right for Morris. He was deeply serious about his music and that shows in his expression; I didn't want to paint him lightly. I just wish Mrs. L has frozen the action. Morris was rocking on his guitar.