Thursday, January 6, 2022

A Portrait Painted in Acrylic

I have been taking lots of online courses this past couple of years to brush up on and improve my people portraits.  In this painting, in particular, I followed what I learned in a lesson with Kara Bullock.  The subject, my granddaughter and grand kitty were first painted in 'notan' - 3 levels of dark to light in black and white paint - darkest, midtone and light.  It was used as an underpainting guide to the lightness and dark in the painting and it REALLY helped me see and get things figured out on the canvas!

First the NOTAN part - using a grid to keep the likeness...

which was underneath the color I added and after days and days of painting and tweaking, 
here is the final painting.

"Sterling and Rocket"
©Pattie Wall, 2022
12" x 12" acrylic painting on stretched canvas


Salty Pumpkin Studio said...

Lovely paintings.
Teeth aren't easy to paint. You did really well.

Pattie Wall said...

Thank you - yep - those teeth will cause a BIG slowdown - but what else is there to do at this point - ha! Have a good one!