This painting is a personal take on a "vanitas" genre painting. Typically vanitas paintings deal with the subject of mortality and the fleeting nature of life. This particular painting focuses on maternity and the phases of life of a woman. Lots of details to render!
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The initial pencil drawing is seen below the still life set up. It has been transferred to the board in the photo on the left. On the right is the first painted phase, the grisaille, which is a monotone value study.
This is the finished painting: Tête à Tête à Tootsies. It's a little one - only 6x8" and I love it! To read about how I nearly ruined it (well, I did ruin it and then fixed it) read my latest blog post here. (If you find it interesting, you can sign up for bi-monthly posts.)
My first truely classic trompe l'oeil painting. Such an exciting composition. So much to interpret, so much to learn. The image on the left is the set up, first pass of color is on the right. I'm excited about this one!
Five days later - the finished painting with a variety of pens, papers and other office ephemera. It's called "Noteworthy". For more details and purchase information please click here.
Here's a close up of the grisaille at left and the beginnings of the first pass of color on the right.
A recent little painting in progress. This one is Tête à Tête à Tootsies, 6x8".