Sunday, June 25, 2017
oil on canvas
36" x 36"
I finished my Enormous Wallace Head painting!
This painting has been so much fun to work on, and I'm really amazed at how much I learned from it. I realized early on that it's so much different from any of the other paintings that I've done. Most of my paintings/compositions are much more structured. I often have to take a lot of time measuring and sketching the image on the canvas before putting any paint on it.
This one was so much different. When I looked back at the progression of this painting I realized that I had barely sketched anything at all. Just a very basic outline of Wallace's head. I suppose I could have been a lot more careful and precise with it, but I enjoyed how much more loose this process felt.
One of the things I learned the most about was color and temperature. I've always had a hard time with both, and this one was all about color and temperature. Dean helped me a lot with mixing colors and getting them just right.
For my own notes:
The shadow colors:
warm tones: 2 parts blue to one part orange, mixed with white
cool tones: yellow ochre mixed with a tiny bit of black, then mixed with white
During my last session, I worked on just a few things:
I cooled down the shadows of his chin so that the were softer. I was able to do this with a wash, and it was very effective.
I spent most of the time working on the lettering of Wallace's name on his bandana. I knew it wouldn't be easy, and it did prove to be quite a challenge!
I'm very happy with how this painting turned out, and it was really one of the most enjoyable painting experiences I had. I really did get a chuckle every time I stepped back to look at it.
It was also very fun to have Wallace with me in Dean's studio to model for us. He was patient, and slept a lot as we checked colors up against him. :)
The best thing about this painting is the sizes. It's 36" x 36", which is so enormous for the subject matter. I know the size adds to the "Pop Art" of it, and I'm thrilled with that.
The original photograph
Basic outline on the canvas
progression of the first session
End of the First Session
Wallace passed out on the job during the Sixth Session
Modeling is hard work!
Wallace with the finished painting