Portrait: Demelza Reclining

15 & 22/01/15

09.30-12.30 – Two Sessions

15/01/15

Charcoal sketch to decide on composition - A2 cartridge paper

Charcoal sketch to decide on composition – A2 cartridge paper

Objective was to produce a head and shoulders portrait in a reclining position to describe the foreshortening of the head and to include a hand in the composition.  We were to create a quick but accurate drawing taking in the whole area of paper, then draw frames around the picture to select the best composition for our painting. We were to try to incorporate the hand and show the reclining position. After a couple of options, I decided to use the frame where the head was placed on the left of the support and the hand included.

As soon as we were happy with our chosen composition, we began to paint.  I began by sketching out in raw umber oil paint on a board with a mid tone coloured ground in a greenish tint. I managed to achieve a full under-painting with the beginnings of the facial structure and tones by the end of the class.

 

22/01/15

Work in progress. Demelza Reclining. Oil on canvas board 18x22"

Work in progress. Demelza Reclining. Oil on canvas board 18×22″

This second session, I concentrated on darks and lights in the face – struggling with the upturned nose, I moved on to the hand, shirt, throw, background and hair.  Once my eyes were rested I returned to the face and was able to make more sense of it. The green cushion and flash of red make a complimentary image colour-wise. I am very pleased with the composition and have stuck to my plan.  I wouldn’t say this is quite finished, the highlights on the face ie nose, forehead and the model’s left cheek are not quite resolved.  Working wet in wet started to make this tricky, so will return to this later as it will be more receptive to more paint.

 

 

 

 

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