On my easel as I travel this week has been an adorable trio. I went to photograph these children for their portrait and they were a delight! Full of smiles and giggles. Hope you enjoy my progress here along with some of my travel pics. I have been close to the Belgium border this week in more rural areas of Germany. The little towns here are very picturesque!
My photo reference for the portrait. I took many photos but these were the choice of my clients. I used the other photos to help me piece together this composition including Charlie’s hand which came from one of the other photos. It took a while to cut and paste the photos in Photoshop to come up with an arrangement that worked.
My sketch transferred onto the velour and I’m ready to start the children. I’m leaving the background of this very neutral to allow the children to really stand out. Just a gentle gradient from left to right to accentuate the shadow side of their faces.
We have been staying near a beautiful animal park in Alsdorf this week while we get some work done on our van. It gave me plenty of opportunity to go and photograph some more unusual animals and I hope to use some of the reference I got for future paintings. Always on the lookout for another painting idea!
Onto her dungarees. Love the style in this portrait as all the children’s clothes will work so nicely together. Always a good idea when possible to think about the clothing in a portrait. The colours will affect the overall piece so much!
Brocci and I taking in the view in Baesweiler, Germany. Still waiting on parts for the van so we make good use of the time to explore the surrounding countryside. That’s Baesweiler behind me. I thought we’d never get outa that town as nice as it was! Glad to be back on the move now, van sorted!
We arrived in a small town called Gemünd which is on the edge of Eifel National Park. The drive here felt like a descent into the jungle as we drove down steep valleys covered in trees and over winding rivers.
Hope you enjoyed my progress and travel photos! Be sure to check back soon for more new work. My framer has received a couple of paintings I posted back to Northern Ireland and they’re currently being framed as surprise presents. Look forward to sharing those with you soon 🙂