Dante (Part 2)

**See Part One of this project here.

After the black and white layer, I started to add color.  I like to work on the background at the same time as the figure.  The reason is that if I paint the figure first and then go back and do the background last, it messes up the coloring of the figure.  In a painting, the true appearance of a color depends on what is next to it.  For example, the same green will look different if it’s next to a blue as opposed to a yellow.

Maria, the woman who commissioned the portrait, asked for a beach at sunset for the background.  I didn’t want the sunset to appear too traditional and found a picture that I took in Turks and Caicos a few years ago for the reference.

It’s always a little blurry at this stage and gets refined as I work on it.  I’ll be back again soon with the finished product.  See you then!


About Melody

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 Dante (Part 2)

  1. Holly Niphakis says:

    looking better and better…..

  2. Erika says:

    I love it, Mel!

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