I have some exciting projects on the horizon. I will be teaching a private painting class to follow up the private drawing class I taught in November. I am also in discussion with someone for a new painting commission.
In the meantime, I am working on a non-commission painting. You can see my progress so far below.
It may be hard to see the image above, but I started as always painting the lighter areas onto a black ground. In the image below, I added the primaries to suggest the values of light.
In the next two images, I worked on the child’s skin. Everything else is still the underpainting.
I finished up the skin and started working on the hair….
And below, most of the child’s shirt is complete. I also started to work on the cat’s fur.
The next step will be to finish the cat, then move on to the dog. I will then create the background and fine-tune the figures.
I am very much into Big Eye Art, a folk/pop style that was popular in the 50s and 60s. I have several original pieces in my personal collection. I thought it would be interesting to borrow familiar subject matter of Margaret Keane, namely sad children and animals, but to present them in a more realistic style.
Hopefully, I will finish this piece by the weekend.