30×30″ Oil on Linen Portrait Commission
by Mark Lovett of Gaithersburg, MD
This was one commission that I knew Mark would be very excited about, a chance to paint adorable twins in a “southern style” dress. I have blogged previously about the photo shoot and now it is time to show the painting stages and the final product.
Below is a resource photo to show the likeness Mark achieved:
Pretty adorable…aren’t they?
Here is Stage l The Drawing:
The drawing is the map of the painting. It has nothing to do with value or color, just framing the edges of the key elements. Mark placed the faces along the diagonal and a little off center.
Note the post on the right and the board under the feet frame the scene.
This stage shows a very quick pencil sketch on the canvas and outlines some structural elements.
Now Mark is laying in value and color. He used a very minimal and subtle palette.
Now the painting is getting close to being finished. Some of the colors he used were yellow ochre and umbers in the boy’s hair. Ultramarine blue on the boy’s pant and shirt.
The girl’s dress is painted with purple dioxazine and alizarine crimson.
All colors were muted with complimentary colors or greyed out.
Earth tones were used for skin and hair.
The lighting was a challenge because it was lit from the top or sky and was flat..
The background was the biggest challenge because it needed to show some depth, not just a flat wall and the overall effect became 3 dimensional. Mark added lots of thick paint with a palette knife to the post and wall.
Below: Final 30×30″ Oil on linen Canvas Painting
by Mark Lovett