This sweet little portrait was a long time in coming. I started it months before it was eventually completed. In between the beginning and the end was a flurry of commissions that demanded my attention. At last I was finally able to give it the attention that was required to finish it.
14 x 18", Oil on canvas
Rita Salazar Dickerson
|Stage 1: Sketching in the composition. I tinted the canvas first and then with the same thinned paint I loosely painted in the figure.|
Stage 2: Painting the head and shoulders. Knowing that this was the first layer, I blocked in the major shapes and colors -- painting wet-on-wet, or alla prima.
|Stage 3: The body, arms and legs were next.|
Stage 4: Painting the foreground, background, fabric and basin. My biggest challenge was to paint just enough information to make the cloth and basin believable. I also paid attention to my edges as I painted the background and foreground.
|Final Stage: Completing the painting. One of the many final touches was the baseboard on the wall behind her. It seemed to complete the "frame" around her. From there I checked values, edges and color and made necessary adjustments.|