This page shows the actual steps that I used to create the commission featured in my post of October 3, 2021. The painting is medium size, acrylic on canvas, 24 x 36. I met with the client twice before I began the work. The first was to get an idea of what he wanted, the second time was to discuss the options and review the sketches that I had worked up.
These are a few of the black, grey and white sketches that I presented to the client before I began the work. I also did a quick color sketch, just on canvas paper with some ink detailing to give him a better idea of what it would look like.
These are just the steps as I completed them.
The final painting is below. I wanted to lighten up the clouds but didn’t want them to become a distraction from the main subject of the painting. You’ll notice that I lightened the buildings and added more detail to the foreground and the courthouse in the background. When working in an impressionistic style, it’s my aim to capture the feel of the scene without becoming bogged down in every little detail. The viewer’s eye actually fills in a lot. You can also see where my initial colorful outlines peek through in a place or two.
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