|Mz Nora "B", 5x5", oil on panel, private commission|
Here's a glimpse of my process:
Step one: use a grid to establish the likeness on the panel. I use an app that allows me to grid my images and it really helps get me going. Creating with a grid helps get me going quickly. Once the paint goes down the image disappears...
|Step 1: the grid|
Step two: establish the transparent underpainting...
I use a panel holder to secure the small 5x5 gessoboard. Since Nora is a grey cat I was able to play around with several years worth of Gamblin Torrit Greys as I worked opaque colors over the transparent under painting.
More opaque colors going down. Just for fun, I will share my source photo now...
|Nora of the glowing eyes...|
In the final image I made the background dark and rich to offset the cool grey of her coat. I think I captured her "cattitude"
I am grateful for the many blessings of my life as it is today.