A Precious Baby

Mary Sue Marley 2

A Christmas surprise is up on the easel next! The recipients don’t follow my blog so I can share the process of the portrait with all of you. One of our long time collectors asked me to paint “Marley”. It’s a gift to her pastor and his wife, who are the sweet little girl’s grandparents. Mary Sue sent several pictures but when I saw this one I knew it would make a wonderful portrait. Isn’t she darling?

SL9514 Marley Bear step 1

After lightly penciling her image on the canvas I begin blocking in the basic plan with a thin oil wash.

SL9514 Marley Bear step 2

My idea is to have “Marley” riding her bike on a garden path surrounded by flowers. I love the little bear in the background of the reference photo, I’ve decided to pop him into the basket on the front of the bike.

SL9514 Marley Bear step 3

We’re all sketched up and ready to begin painting. My main intent at this point is to get the portrait “Washed In”, not make an exact likeness. I will focus on that when I paint her face. Hope you’ll come back soon. If you would like to receive an email every time I publish a new post please feel free to subscribe to my blog. CLICK THIS LINK and scroll to the upper right side of the page. You will see a heading EMAIL SUBSCRIPTIONS. Just enter your email address and click the button “Sign me up!”  It’s easy. And if you enjoy my blog please CLICK the FaceBook LIKE Button. As we say in Texas, “Much Obliged!

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