Fawn and Dreamboat

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.


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My name is Melody Martin. Check out my art blog, and learn all about the steps and techniques that go into oil paintings.
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4 Responses to Fawn and Dreamboat

  1. Easten says:

    Looks great so far!

  2. Holly Niphakis says:

    I like it…I like it!…. .that’s our Ericy! It would be nice to see the photo…. I’m not understanding the brown behind the fawn’s ears.

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