horse painting WORK-IN-PROGRESS • 18 x 24 inches • oil on GessobordTM
Here’s where I had to stop today on this portrait of Sophie, who lives in Arkansas.
I love her delicate face, so sweet, but with just a glint of mischief in her eye!
Because of the large size, and because (being a portrait) I wanted to get the proportions just right, before starting the sketch I drew a light grid with a regular No. 2 pencil on my board, corresponding to lines I had drawn on the photo that Sophie’s mom emailed me. Then I commenced to drawing, starting with Sophie’s nearest eye and working my way out from there.
I also added a little cerulean blue glaze around her eyes, on the inside of her ear and on the front of her nose.
After the acrylic underpainting was dry, I started in with the oil paints, keeping things nice and LOOSE!
Check back to see where this painting ends up!