In May, I took a picture of my husband Eric holding a fawn. Because I have never painted a picture of my husband before (can you believe it?!), I decided to use it as a reference for my next painting. As I mentioned in my previous post, this is my largest painting yet. OK, it’s not the size of the Louvre or anything, but it is certainly big enough to use as a sail on a windy day.
As you can see in the above picture, I painted the pre-stretched canvas black, and used white chalk to sketch the image. I didn’t use a grid this time. This made the initial sketch go a little faster, but I will still be spending a lot of time trying to get the proportions right throughout the painting process. It’s pretty tricky to get the right proportions when you’re working from a small reference photo and transferring the image onto a large canvas.
I started painting the color using oil paint. I started off with a very thin layer that allows some of the black to show through. Then I started to build up the colors by adding thicker layers of paint.