Before we begin painting I just want to say THANK YOU for all of the incredibly wonderful comments you’ve made on our garden. Jack and I are humbled by your generosity. As we say here in Texas, MUCH OBLIGED :)
Today we’re working on another Native American Indian portrait for eBay. The basic outline of the figure has been lightly sketched on the canvas. You can see this better by enlarging the image, just click on the picture. Next the face is washed in with a mixture of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin. My wrist is braced on a mahl stick to steady my hand.
Golden or Bald Eagle feathers are one of the highest honors an Indian could ever be given. They believe eagles have a special connection with the heavens since they fly so close. The only way an Indian can actually receive one of these feathers is by performing a brave deed, like fighting off a bear or going up against the enemy. The recipient wasn’t allowed to wear the feather until going in front of the tribal court and retelling the story of their victory. At this time they were allowed to put it in their headdress. Just think of the stories that each of these feathers represents!
Chief Red Fish is completely sketched up, we’re ready to start painting.
I’ll begin with the background. Mixes in different proportions of Pthalo Blue + Viridian Green + a touch of Cadmium Orange + White will be used.
The portrait is illuminated from the upper right. The right side of the background is made darker, while that on the left side of the figure is lighter. This is called “portrait lighting”. The highlights on the right side of subject will stand out against the darkness. The darker, shadow side of the figure on the left is silhouetted by the lighter background.
The background is complete. While the paint is wet I go ahead and put in the edges of the buckskin leggings, being sure to make them soft so they’ll recede. Tomorrow I’ll have a VIDEO on painting the face. Hope you’ll come watch! Hugs,