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#1 OFFLINE   Gwen


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Posted 11 June 2010 - 11:43 AM

For those who like to see a painting in process, here is the one I am working on now. Not the greatest photo, but you get the general idea. I am doing the two springers first, after which I will be surrounding them with grape foliage and fruit, as requested by the owner, who owns a vineyard. This is my largest painting to date- 30" x 36" inches. Fun, but a lot of work! I will shoot it again as it progresses and post more...
A little more info: Before starting this, I walked down the street to where there is a grape vine growing, and took many photographs. I went back on three occasions to get what I needed. I then printed out photos- eight large ones. After I got the dogs drawn in, I carefully studied my photos, and picked out individual leaves that I thought would work well and started to draw them in. On each leaf, I write a number that corresponds to a number I have written on the photo, so that when I go back to paint, I can easily find the reference photo to look at as I paint. Since there are no grapes on the vine this early in the year, I printed off grape photos I found online, and will put those in amidst the leaves. This process pretty much describes how I do all of my portraits that have a background. I make up the composition of the background, but the individual components are all sourced from photos. I don't like to make things up, as it is difficult to get that really realistic look without have nature to refer to.

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Posted 11 June 2010 - 12:12 PM

That is fabulous Gwen! I'm looking forward to seeing this one developing spikey_biggrin.gif
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Posted 11 June 2010 - 12:41 PM

WOW gwen, that is stunning so far, I see what you mean about "alot of work" but I am sure it will be another shining example of your work!

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Posted 11 June 2010 - 03:45 PM

I am amazed once again Gwen.
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Posted 11 June 2010 - 06:30 PM

Wow!! It is already a great painting!! It is very interesting to see those process,because you usually don't have chance to see them or to know the stories behind them. I am looking forward to see when it will be done!!

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Posted 12 June 2010 - 03:37 AM

You really captured their expressions, Gwen. I can't wait to see it as it progresses.
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Posted 12 June 2010 - 09:53 AM

AMAZING...as always. I LOVE your work Gwen. thumbsup2.gif
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Posted 12 June 2010 - 11:15 AM

Oooh!! So pretty Gwen! I love it! The one on the left has a mischievous sparkle in his eye, and the other seems more, mature I guess is the word. Very cute! I can't wait to see the next stage!
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Posted 24 June 2010 - 12:37 PM

I can't wait to see the finished portrait
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