|Portrait of Valor Michael Hsiao, 11x14", oil on linen|
Below is the progression. I'm showing this so you can see the ugly phase, which all my paintings go through. Perhaps as I develop artistically, my early phases won't be so hard to look at. The important thing is to work through this phase. I know I can't give up. Persistence is rewarded with new knowledge, and maybe even a decent painting at the end.
Gessobord panel. I refined the underpainting (middle) then added the first layer of color (right). I keep my paintings in a freezer between sessions so I can work wet-into-wet.
More color and big shape refinement (left). I continued to work from large to small, adding more details and refining the smaller forms (middle). On the final pass, I added dark accents, highlights, details (necklace, reflected light on right cheek, clothing details) and the background. The finished painting took 12 hours, split over 4 sessions.
Framed and ready to go out into the world...