|Well Done 10x16", Oil on board|
A new painting titled "Well Done"...a portrait of my mother. It is a 2014 Mother's Day present I am finally delivering. I painted her once before in 2012 from a photo taken in 2006. The difference between these is a change of palette and a couple years of painting experience. And she's 8 years older.
|Nancy L. Moore 2006, 12 x 16", Oil on linen|
I tried something new here, painting the color study on drafting vellum instead of canvas. Drafting vellum (mylar) has been around a while, but it's new to me. It has a nice matte surface, creamy and non-absorbent. Easy to store in a notebook or flat file. And inexpensive. Linda Tracey Brandon posted on using it for oil sketches. Katherine Stone posted on using it for quick color studies.
Following Katherine's procedure, the preparatory study is photo-reduced then placed under the transparent vellum. The color study is painted over the reduced photocopy, which eliminates futzing around with the drawing during the oil study. Saves a lot of time.
|Color study on drafting vellum, 5"x8"|
Here is my preliminary drawing (charcoal and white chalk on colored paper, 8x12"). She's not as stern-looking as I've drawn her here. But the big shapes are correct, so the drawing is good enough. To transfer to the gessoed board, I photocopied this to the final head size I wanted (7"), then traced it over an interleave of graphite-coated paper. I re-stated the graphite tracing in India ink.
Here's the progression of the actual painting...