|A beautiful portrait of a beautiful family!|
Our Zen Calendar posted this in February when I was right in the middle of creating a family portrait of seven for one of my favorite collectors. This collector is particularly interested in having very close likenesses in commissions, in sculpture and of course portraiture.
When we discussed the commission in November, and I received the initial source material, I had to think long and hard. The source photo was very problematic, and creating seven likenesses in watercolor on one page seemed pretty daunting!
Moving Jack out from behind his cousin Daniel, and taking the toy out of Camilla's mouth seemed obvious, but more subtle problems had to be addressed. Three of the subjects, Jacob, Linnea, and Emma were very blurred, and I couldn't tell what was happening in the very dark lower third of the photo. Scanning it in Photoshop, I lightened the whole photo, and could then see the bottom third.
Working in watercolor on 300# hotpress Arches is very forgiving - minute adjustments are easily made, which is the key to creating a realistic likeness.
|now for the final adjustments!|
With both of us now happy with the final result, the painting goes off this week to its home, and the grandfather, who truly adores his whole family, has a lovely "moment in time" to treasure, memorialized in a way that a photo cannot possibly do, especially not the origin photo!
As for me, the restrictions on the source materials I thought I needed have become only suggestions on my watercolor portrait website - probably most any photograph that a client treasures would make a good watercolor portrait (except a studio portrait photo!)
It would be wonderful for me if any of you would pass this along to anyone whom you think would treasure a memory in the form of a watercolor portrait!