I was asked to create a triple portrait of three children from photos taken many years ago. I have painted the little boy in the middle a while ago and the family’s story was so touching. I hope this portrait will be a much loved memorial of Ian and that his sisters will like what I have done to capture them together.
The finished portrait 18″x11″ soft pastel.
I have my line sketch transferred onto the sandy coloured velour. In the beginning I was going to do a subtle gradient in the background but later decided to go lighter and covered this over as I worked across the piece.
We are currently touring around Europe and we are in Holland for a while. This is my studio set up in the back of the camper’s u-shaped lounge. It makes a perfect work area and I lay all my pastel boxes around me. Although soon I will have my palette chosen for this piece and will only need to take out a tray or two to work from.
At this stage in the week we are staying at a campsite within close distance to Amsterdam. We take a daytrip on the train into the city to buy a second hand bicycle at the markets and hit lucky with a great one! Brocci had her first trip on the train today and then her first crazy spin around the city. I must give her full credit for being a wee star and taking all the madness in her stride!
Thought I would share a view of the front part of the camper where I come to take tea breaks and chill out. It’s not a bad living space and when you couple it with nice weather and the ability to live outdoors more it really is excellent! We managed to get some pictures hung and it really feels like home now. The pictures are just some framed postcards of woodcuts by Escher one of my favourite artists. And he is Dutch!
Thanks for stopping by my blog. I hope to be able to incorporate a little of my travels into my art blogs in future 🙂