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!

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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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