Wednesday, February 15, 2012

"The Discovery", 16x20, oil on linen-final

"The Discovery", 16x20, oil on linen

I have been working on this painting on and off for the last week, trying to refine the things about it that I didn't like.

Here is what it looked like when I posted it over a week ago:

I knew that the area around Ellie's eye was too cool and so I had to warm it up. I also refined the edges and the fleshtones in the legs and arms. I worked on her dress as well, softening the harshness of the color and muting it somewhat.

I worked on Arthur as well, softening the halftones between the light and shadow planes and refining his face a bit.

I knocked back the foliage as best as I could in order to not detract from the main figures. I'll probably take more photos in the morning when the light is better, but I am pretty happy with how this turned out!


Katherine Thomas said...

That's so interesting to me, hearing how you corrected the different areas (which I thought were quite pretty to begin with). This is a beautiful painting. Is there an underpainting below? How did you make it seem to glow?

Paintdancer said...

Hi Katherine,

I toned the canvas with Old holland red gold lake before I started the scene. It gave it a nice warm glow. Hope that helps!