Baby of Mine
It's been a while since I painted a portrait, almost a year actually. I hadn't realized how much I miss it. After all my photo montages and Japan inspired watercolors, it was a welcomed commission to start this portrait. And I'm working in oils. I love oils.
The photo is monochrome black and white, but I added subtle flesh tones to some highlights on the cheeks, as well as some dark, warm brown tones to the hair. There's a suggestion of warm peach added to the background. I find it just softens the starkness black and white can give to such an intimate moment.
What a moment! Am I right? How gorgeous to share. The pride of a father. The joy of a mother. The wonder of a child. It makes for great paintings when you have a good starting point with your source material. This lovely moment is going to be a surprise Christmas present! Shhhh! :)
Here's a video of the progress. Excuse the unmade bed in the background. Not important! :) This painting took about 7 days from start to finish, not including 2-3 days drying time for the varnish coat.
14 x 18 inches
oil on stretched box canvas
Many warm blessings,