Sisters

R__1R__y, oil on canvas, 10” x 10”

It’s been a busy few months, so I haven’t updated The Hipping Post since December.  But in my last post, I implied that I would challenge myself, and try to push my art forward.

For a variety of reasons, I am interested in painting portraits, so when my friend asked me if I would draw a picture of his daughters, I said, “Of course.  I’d be honored.”  But instead of using pencil and paper, like I did for the drawings of Stacie and of my sons, I decided to give oil painting a shot.  Since he’s a close friend, I figured my buddy would forgive me if the paintings didn’t work out.

R__2R__e, oil on canvas, 10” x 10”

But the paintings turned out better than I had expected, and I learned a lot during the process.  Thank you for giving me the opportunity, J & L – I couldn’t have asked for two cuter subjects.

P.S.  I am still experimenting with oil painting, so I was pleasantly surprised to find that painting in layers, using poppy oil to thin and blend the paint, was a good method for depicting smooth young skin.  I also found that various combinations of Terra Rosa, Cadmium Yellow Pale, Cadmium Scarlet, and Titanium White created a solid foundation for skin tones.  If you have recommendations for other techniques / colors, I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

5 responses to “Sisters

  1. Beautiful, both the portraits and the subjects.

  2. Doug you are soooo.

  3. Let me try again. Doug you are soooo good.

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