Oil on canvas
I’ve been staring at this drawing for about six or seven months and finally got around to painting it. Blondie passed in June of 2012 leaving a pretty big hole in our hearts. I was trying to figure out how to render the background. Either I render it as a detailed backdrop or a vignette of some sort.
Then I saw a figurative painting in which an artist used a palette knife to lay in the background and I had my “a-ha“ moment. So here it is and I’m happy with the outcome.
The initial pencil drawing with several coats of spray fixative.
This time around I did a Burnt Siena acrylic wash to set up my under painting.
A mixture of turps and burnt Umber were scrubbed into the canvas and then wiped off with a paper towel.
Using a palette knife I painted in the background.
Here I started in setting up my shadows and at this stage painting in Blondie’s face.
Laying in color to her torso and legs.
Adding some finishing touches and details.