Work in Progress (WIP)

Work in progress on a commission for my father–a portrait of him and my son.

I thought it would be a good idea to post a WIP shot of my latest painting commission (click on the photo to enlarge it). Notice the faint vertical and horizontal lines all over the grey primed canvas? They are grid marks. I transfer images to canvas the old fashioned way because I don’t want to skip out on any of the drawing–especially if I am working from a reference photo as I am doing here. I lay in the initial drawing with Conte pencil and then make the lines more permanent by going over it in oil with burnt umber. Then I jump right into painting the local color thinly because I want to achieve the “fat over lean” recipe. Normally I build up the entire canvas at the same time which is what was taught to me back in art school, but I have come to realize since then that a lot of realist painters paint one section at a time trying to get as far as they can in one area with the time they have available (in more of an alla prima way). So I plan on trying that approach here.

I see my “process” as kind of a moving target. I am always tweaking it in an effort to achieve better results in a shorter amount of time. “Stream-lining” it if you will. So don’t be surprised if a couple months from now you check in on another WIP only to find I have changed things up considerably. Its the way I roll baby, try and keep up.

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