After a long break from writing I have two portraits to show you. Both have been done in the months since my last post. Until I am fully back into the habit of writing, here are some pictures showing some of the process of making the pieces. Shown are a small variety of in progress shots which depict the very early stages of building the paintings. I begin with a grid and the basic charcoal drawing on the gessoed board. Next I do a substantial grey painting of the image which gives me the underlying structure on which to develop the finished artwork. It is a very long process but for the time being I experience that any skipped steps seems to disrupt my creative flow and the integrity of the finished surface.
The Tree and the Boy, oil on board 18X24″:
Please check back tomorrow for photos of the second piece,