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Inner thoughts, portrait painting

Today a total different painting than Floripes was. It was already quite a time ago that I painted a portrait.

I started on an old painting that I didn’t want to keep. I putted a few colours over it and then a blueish kind of grey with also a pinch of yellow in it.

Then I made the drawing of the face. It  is a rather rough drawing, not detailed, just to place the eyes and mouth. I used a very vague photo. Using a vague photograph is sometimes an advantage, unless the painting really has to resemble someone.  With a vague photograph there is more possibility to fill in your own ideas. It gives more freedom.

After the drawing I started to fill in the dark parts. Also roughly and quick. It doesn’t have to resemble in this stage.

Then I gave it some colour and also painted the highlights.

Filling in all the open spaces and making some corrections. After that I blended the colours as much as I could. It’s not that easy with acrylic paint, but after putting in a light grey layer, it looked OK with me.

Then comes the final step and the most exciting part. Making everything to work. Look where the painting needs more accents and where it needs more blending.  And the most important: give the portret the feeling you want it to have.

Now it has become  a somewhat misty and dreamy portrait.

15-05-2020 Update – I was not completely satisfied and made today some big altarations: (click here to see the bigger version)

And the final version