Finished Merel's portrait today, wow, it's like she's back! I am so
happy with this painting. When I added the last highlights in her eyes
and painted her whiskers she came to life, and I cried. Merel, I miss you.
Worked some more on Merel's portrait, far from finished but getting there, I think.
I already like her somewhat stern expression which was her random look.
Haven't payed much attention to the rest of her body yet just added
some highlights and shadows. Will let it rest for a few days now to look at it fresh after the weekend.
a wonderful day working on my new paintings today! It was raining which
makes my studio feel cozy, put some up beat music on and painted the
day away. Loved it! First day working on Merel and I think I came
far in just one day, already love her expression and color balance. Far
from finished but I'm not in a hurry. Worked on the horse too, started
detailing which is always tricky not to get muddy and lose spontaneity
but I'll be careful. Put some of the other painting up for style
reference. Tomorrow is another day!
can't have just one painting on my easel at the same time and while
working on the horse (which I have to put away for a while every now and
then) I decided now is the time to pay tribute to my Merel who passed
away last December and whom I still miss every day. First layers to
establish composition and feel but already I see her. Working after an
iconic photo of Merel on her high chair where she felt safe and could
oversee the livingroom and watch the world trough the window. Every
morning while I brushed my teeth Merel would jump on the back seat of
this chair for hugs and cuddles, that's how we said goodmorning and
started our day. I'll show photos of the progress, should be a special one.
Wanted to do something on a flat surface again and discovered that from
all farm animals I never painted a horse. First explorations of the
anatomy and feel of a beauty I once took photos of. I'll keep you posted
about the progress!
Yesterday my client received my version of her handsome and sweet tabby boy Ozzy which I made by request one month ago. She is touched and loves this 3D life size portrait of her special boy.
Eventhough Ozzy was getting older no one could know that he would leave
while my portrait of him was in transit; Ozzy unexpectedly passed away
of a sudden illness one week ago. It makes this commission even more special for me.