This spring I started taking a portrait/figure class with Danni Dawson at the Art League School in Alexandria, VA. It is exciting to paint from life, not a photograph, with the immediate feedback from the renowned portrait painter. I am hugely encouraged by my first attempt, which I am sharing here with some step-by-step photos.
|Week 1: I quickly drew the subject in burnt umber and established the light/dark pattern.|
|Week 1: I started blocking in.|
|Week 1: I got this far at the end of the first week's session.|
|Week 2: The model's gentle smile is beginning to emerge.|
|Week 2: Many small adjustments later, the painting is almost done. I realized I made her left shoulder too narrow. After the fixing the error, the subject is now too large for the canvas. Next time, I am going to use a larger canvas!|