Monday, February 11, 2008

Freedom From Fear-Stage 4


I worked on the Freedom From Fear painting last night. I feel like a made a little progress on the faces of "mom" and "dad." Funny.., I feel like I kind of get to know a character when I paint them, sort of like getting to know a character in a story. I've got lots more work to do on the faces of the kids and lots to do on Dad's shirt and pants. But I'm happy. I'm making progress at least.

2 comments:

Zach said...

Looks good. I have to keep looking back to the original to see where you're at. I don't know how you figure out the stages??!!

Chris said...

Zach

What I mean by stages is "coats" of paint, or painting sessions. It's my goal to cover the entire canvas in paint in each session. However I don't usually accomplish this with big painting such as this one. I try to move from vague, in my early sesssions to more details as I progress. I also paint from thin to fat, which means in the early sessions I mix much more paint thinner with the paints and I gradually add more and more linseed oil as I progress through from session to session. This not only keeps the paint from cracking in years to come, but adds a rich/three dimensional look to the painting. It is a struggle for me to be disciplined to NOT go into details early on.