Wednesday, June 24, 2009

The lion cub

Now that small people are no longer visiting, I can pull out the oil paints and get tucked into a new portrait.

I took a photo of my grand daughter just after her bath, wrapped in a lion towel. The hood of the towel was the lion's face and the triangles of fabric made up the mane. She posed for me, no doubt with an eye on getting her hands on the camera, and I took a photo that turned out well. The natural evening light was just right and the child stood still for a rare moment. The planets were aligned.

I have decided to do an oil painting of this pose and started the charcoal underdrawing of it on an 11 x 14 gallery canvas. I want to make sure that the drawing is accurate before I begin painting. However, even then, I can adjust as I go along. I'll spray this lightly so it won't smear then come back to finish the drawing tomorrow.

5 comments:

Rose Welty said...

What a fun portrait Jeanette!

Like the new header, btw...

Megha Chhatbar said...

She is so sweeeet...:)

Charlene Brown said...

The planets were indeed aligned! It's moments like this that we truly treasure -- rather than the 'all dressed up with something silly having been done to the hair' occasions that usually are preserved.

Jeanette said...

It should be interesting to see it develop Rose. And thanks, it was time for a seasonal change for the header :)

I think so too Megha, but I'm a bit biased hehe

Charlene, I love natural looking portraits that look like life happened. Sugar sweet portraits always look contrived somehow.

Robyn said...

A wonderful start, Jeanette. It's going to be a memorable portrait.