New Painting: Long Goodbyes

October 9, 2008

I’m starting a new painting. This is based on a quick sketch I made some years back while up in Montreal as I eavesdropped on two friends saying goodbye. He was flying back home and reluctant to leave.

Pencil Sketch

Pencil Sketch

After recently digging up the old sketch, I made a digital color layout for what I wanted the final result to look like. The surface I chose to paint it on was a stretched canvas I had already previously prepared (20 x 16 inches.) I’ll paint this in oils.

Color Layout

Color Layout

Undertone Painting

Undertone Painting

The painted version on the right is the inital undertone applied in diluted color complements. I had to adapt the sketch to the new proportions, so I added a bit of space to the right side, and placed a bed in the foreground. I try to keep all the painted values somewhat in the middle range at this stage.

Read the other posts in this series:

  • Long Goodbyes, Part 2
  • Long Goodbyes, Part 3
  • Long Goodbyes, Final
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