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Charles C. Finn
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So I’m done with two commissioned portraits (oh the feeling of a completed project! :) ) – the sleeping baby and the Icelandic lady. I was working on both at about the same time and it was interesting to compare. First of all, the baby is practically a life size painting – 11 x 14.5″, and the woman’s portrait is 9×12″ – tiny , her whole head was maybe 2 inches! The thing is, working big is easier than working small. Most of you who paint will probably say, “Duh!” – but it’s just one of those epiphanies that come to you only from personal experience (how else would you explain the fear of a full watercolor sheet?) And working big and small at the same time is a good way to figure it out.

Here’s a step by step sequence of pictures of the baby portrait, minus the drawing stage. Starting with a preliminary sketch:

Cash - initial sketch, watercolor in LamaLi sketchbook

TADA!


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