This week I delivered this finished painting, which is a commissioned painting (but not a portrait) of the family’s four children. I don’t call it a portrait because it doesn’t aim for an exact likeness. Instead, I try to capture the spirit and personalities of the subjects.
Here are a few of the stages of this painting:
And then I can see it start to take shape. I use charcoal to correct figure details and make sure the shapes are correct. I do that often as I go since figure painting involves making lots of corrections.