Painting in My Studio
I create most of my paintings using one or more reference photos. I work both from photos I have taken myself, as well as ones I receive from people for commissions. Sometimes if I am creating one painting from several photos, I create a composition on the computer using Photoshop. Then I print my new composition to paint from in my studio. Some of the most difficult paintings I do are from older photos that are sometimes damaged, making it hard to see the subject matter. It is always an incredible feeling when I create a painting from those challenging images. Below are some examples of reference photos, and paintings both in process and finished.
The Beautiful One-Winged Garden Angel
I took the photo of this little one-winged angel at the park in Marlow village.
After sketching the angel lightly in pencil on 300 lb. cold press watercolor paper, I started doing light washes.
After laying in all the basic colors, I continue to add more and more layers of paint, darkening the values and adding fine details. I use a hair dryer to make sure layers of paint are dry before I add the next one so they do not run together. Below is the final painting.
I received this photo of a friend's grandparents for painting a commission. I mentioned to him that with the glasses I could not see their eyes, but he said he sees his grandparents wearing the glasses so often that I should just paint them like the photo.
Here is the wash stage of the painting, with more detail attention focused on their faces.
The completed painting.
In Grammy's Window
This is the wash stage of a painting I did of my daughter when she was a baby, standing in the bay window at my mother's house with our beloved dog, Beaver. The photo I worked from is at the bottom. I made the painting a little different from the photo by placing them closer together than they were, and I did not include the houses across the street.
This is the finished painting. It hangs in my daughter's room.