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Portrait of Geke in a red chair17/04/2017

Portrait of Geke in a red chair

I recently finished an 'alla prima' oil painting of my wife 'Geke' who is sitting in a comfortable red chair near the window in our living room looking outside into our lovely garden ... it almost felt like she was dreaming while gazing outside ...

 

I took an accidental snapshot of that moment with my digital camera ... only to discover later on while I uploaded a batch of digital photo's that this one had a particular great mood ...

 

My wife doesn't like attention that much so she isn't easily persuaded to 'pose' or have a photo taken from her ... seeing this great photo I immediately decided that it would be a great source of inspiration for making a painting of her ...

 

I first decided to make a digital painting using the great digital oil brushes of 'ArtRage Pro' ... Doing a digital version allowed me to make a first study of the painting - looking at the shapes, values, edges & color usage - having the clear advantage that in the digital world there is always an easy way to undo actions, alter sizes, making unlimited versions, etc ...

I actually enjoyed painting the digital version that much that I ended up with much more then a study ... I worked it through to an actual completed digital oil painting ...


I had the digital painting printed on real canvas and gave it to her as a gift for valentine ... until then she didn't knew I actually had painted her ...

 

A couple of weeks later I started again with a blank canvas but this time not on my computer screen but on the easel in my atelier ... Painting digitally has its advantages but nothing can compete with the 'real thing' - handling brushes and the oils - and of course the 'smell' of oils :-)

I have a computer monitor in my atelier so using the original photo as a reference I started working again ... I drew an initial sketch in oils and then started laying in the large area's taking into account values, edges & colours ...

Here a couple of progress shots:

 

 


The painting was done in 2 'alla prima' ( wet in wet ) sessions - the first session took around 6 hours ... I then decided to end it for the day - after such long sessions one gets tired ... resulting in bad decisions being taken ... I started working again the next day and took another 4 hours before I decided that the painting had reached far enough ... but any painter will tel you that one can never call it 'done' though ... 

 

 


I am quite glad with the result and the experience gained from doing such a portrait painting ...

 

 

I now need to convince my wife to pose for me in real life ... nothing can beat that experience in terms of depicting a human on canvas ...

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