Artist's description:

This is an oil painting on canvas, 22 x 18 inches. You can see by the images I've added there is a sort of step-by-step progress to completion. This painting has a strange history. It all started with meeting a lady who posed for me while I was storing a lot of antique items for a friend.

When she got around to posing for me, we used the oriental rug I was keeping along with the large vase. I did many photos of her, and then many quick sketches from life. I then started the painting from the photos and sketches.

Starting with a warm toned ground I roughed in the figure and background. I felt I needed to get the rug nearly done as well as the jug with the figure more of my standard under painting which I do in thin cool tones [Fig. 1]

Before I had gotten too far with the painting the lady sort of disappeared from my life, and I put the unfinished painting away for some time.

Many months later, the lady and the antiques were gone but I did meet a young lady whom, I felt would be just right for the finishing of the painting.

As I started to work in this again I realized the canvas was too large with too much unnecessary background, so I moved it on to smaller stretchers. I did more photos of the new model and more sketches of her, but all in the same pose as the original. Since I was about done with the background and jug I worked on adding the new body and face, but again as only an underpainting at first. [Fig. 2]

I then added more modeling to the body, further developed the face and added the longer blonde hair. [Fig. 3]

The next step is perhaps my favorite. It is the bringing up of the skin and face with color and modeling. With the under painting in cool tones enhanced with a few warmer shadows I have always felt I can achieve almost any skin tone using just, Cerulean Blue, Naples Yellow and Cadmium Red. For this stage the lady who posed for it didn’t have to sit and pose in that position, but I do like her to be there with similar lighting for me to get the tones the way I want them. [Fig. 4]

This process continued until I was satisfied with the rendering of her face and body. Then the final adjustments to the jug and general mood could be made. Final painting being, [Fig. 5] To be honest I think it turned out better with the long delay and the meeting of a second lady.

Materials used:

canvas, oil paint

Ursula (2015)


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This artwork is sold by John Entrekin from United States

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