Vermont oil painter, It's all about color, Nature, People paintings,
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
A FAMILY PHOTO
I came across an old black and white photo of my uncle Sam, taken when he was about two years old. I felt compelled to convert it into a tiny color portrait. This painting is 8"x6". I find it really fun and useful to use a black and white photo as a reference for a color portrait. I already know something about painting skin tones, so I can rely on that. But since there are no colors there for me to try to copy, I won't slavishly try to render them exactly. I tried to be a quick as I could with this one and had enough sense to know when to stop. If I had worked on this any further, I think I would have lost all spontaneity and ruined it in a useless quest for perfection. The perfect is the enemy of the good.