Once the excitement of the photo shoot wore off, it was time to get to work in the studio. Preliminary thumbnail sketches had provided a road map for the photo shoot but now I had some definite images to work from. During the entire project I would have preferred to paint using live models but that was not always possible. Soon after the photo shoot Dan, the model, and his wife relocated out of the country for a 2 year job. To all classical pureists I apologize but quite often I was forced to work from, dare I say it … photos.
Moving on, I now produced a drawing of the composition. Having completed this initial drawing, I moved to the full size drawing. Because the final painting of”It is Finished,” would measure 38″x48″, I needed large paper to work on. I used 53″ Widetone Seamless Background Photo Paper made by Savage for this job. These different steps are important in working out the compositional problems that are intrinsic to any painting.
Once the full size drawing was completed, I did a color sketch (not shown) to work out the color composition. Next I stretched and toned the canvas to be used for the final painting. Forming a grid on the drawing by stretching sewing thread and a charcoal grid on the canvas, I transferred the image to the canvas. The photos below record the painting process to the artwork’s completion.