“Lady in Crimson” 12×16 Oil Painting on Gessoed Board
The reference photo was taken in New York years ago. I find such interesting looking people there, and so willing to pose for me right on the street. I enjoyed flailing paint about on in this painting and enjoy the crimson added as a last minute decision. I don’t create detailed sketches before I paint. With a large brush, I create placement for the figure, then loose placement for features before beginning refinements.
This is what the process looked like for this painting. Locating shapes.
Below, finding mid tone values in face. Do you wonder what that thing is on her head? Initially I was adding a tam – which she did not have, After a while, I decided it looked like a “cap and gown” image – which it does, so the tam had to go.
Below, starting to look like a person – in “cap and gown”! I’m convinced that ultimately it would not have, but given the way I finished the portrait, it would not have worked anyhow – do you know what I mean?
Below: I always like my paintings before they are finished, but never stop there. It’s a dare that a few more strokes will make it better. Sometimes that works and sometimes I’m filled with deep regret!!
I will tell you at this point that this is a Transgender person. She wore a two piece fitted outfit with her midriff showing and hand on her hip – there was plenty of attitude. I like the painting at this point but kept painting creating a very different image. Eventually, I changed the jawline, softened the expression and added the crimson. the final is added below to make comparison easier.