A Grand Time with the Grands

My newest commission is designed around this beautiful fishing spot hugged by the tumbling waters of a river and a quiet mountain lake. The painting will be a Christmas gift for the gentleman in the image above. The concept is for him to be enjoying a grand time fishing with his four grandchildren. His daughter sent me several pictures of the kids in various positions.

Using her pictures I was able to compose a family fishing scene incorporating Grandpa, the grand kids and Olaf, the dog!

Following my composition in the sketch I begin to lightly draw all of the figures on the blank canvas in pencil. The pictures are taped to my canvas so I can refer to them as I work. You may click on this or any of the other images to enlarge them. Sure makes it easier to see the details.

Paxton is the youngest. A thin oil wash made of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin is used to establish the shading on his face and clothing. At this point I’m not trying to achieve exact likenesses of everyone, just want to get the basic values delineated.

Taggert and Colt (the child I’m working on) are now sketched in. In the picture Virginia sent, Taggert was wearing a cap. She asked me to remove it so we’ll be able to see his red hair. Or as he calls it, “ORANGE”!

Olaf, the dog, is next!

Ainsley is the oldest. If you’ll notice in the image before the one directly above, her body is more upright. I decided to lean her back a little more to give her gesture extra action.

If you’ll look back to the very first picture you can see Grand dad has nothing in his right hand. In the painting he’s going to be holding a fishing rod so let’s get busy and draw that hand in!

The background is sketched in and we’re ready to begin painting in our next session. Hope you’ll come watch! 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.

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