Portrait Slideshow

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Hopefully this will work as a demonstration of the portrait of Stephen’s mum. It’s the first time I have tried the slideshow gadget in my posts.

You will see in the early stages of the work that I apply the paint in a patchwork of planes. Attempting to place the right colour first time, to minimise future corrections, in this alla prima technique. When the canvas has been covered, I can concentrate on refining the drawing and adding more paint to enable finer adjustments and corrections. The painting is finished when I can no longer find anything to adjust!

~ by David Reid on August 5, 2013.

15 Responses to “Portrait Slideshow”

  1. The slideshow demonstration worked really well. Great portrait : )

  2. Thank you for the slideshow. I appreciate the lesson!

  3. i love the slide show, David! How long did it take you and did you have a photo as a reference or did she sit for you?

    • Thanks Yukari! The painting must have taken about 8 or 9 hours, all in one session. I was well into the next morning before finishing. I always work from photographs, usually my own, but on this occasion I was given the photo to paint.

  4. What a fascinating insight into how you work.

  5. Beautiful portrait, David. And interesting to see into your process

  6. Great to see how you build up the paint. Thank you I really enjoyed this insight into your work! Best, Nicholas PS its a great painting too, I forgot to say that!

  7. Delightful! I love being able to ‘look over your shoulder’ this way.

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