A Commissioned Painting: Grandmother, Daughter and Grandson With the Dog ( Medium: Acrylic Paints on Canvas)
As promised, today I'm sharing a commissioned family portrait, the one I have recently written about. The painting is all finished and I'm quite happy with the result. I was supposed to draw three people: grandmother, daughter and the daughter's baby (i.e the grandson). In addition, I also needed to portray one animal and that's would be the family dog. As you can see, it is a very busy painting. Basically, it is a portrait of a grandmother, a daughter and a grandson with the family dog. I had spent a lot of time studying the photograph I was given and deciding on the proportions and the composition. Before I even started working on the painting, I had made three pencil sketches and one carbon sketch on paper. Only then did I proceed to do make a final carbon sketch on the canvas. Besides the obvious challenges, there were also many details I needed to pay attention to. The light was especially challenging. I have spent so much time doing the drapes and trying to capture the light coming through the main light source and the drapes themselves, that I'm still tired. However, I think the end result was more than work the trouble.
The composition of the painting was a challenge, and as you can imagine it took a lot of work to get it right. I worked on this painting for a whole week. I have put about 20 hours of work into it, if not wore. That's really a lot. The grandmother (the lady holding the baby boy), the mother (the girl feeding the baby) and the baby are all sitting in front of a glass patio door. Behind the glass, the family dog looks after them. In the background, their garden is visible. Very sweet scene, isn't it? In every way possible, it was a challenge to paint, but the painting captures such a precious family moment, it makes all the hard work seem worth it. Do you know what I mean? Do you think hard work pays off? Did it pay of in this portrait? Have you ever commissioned a family portrait? Do you have any family portraits at home? How do you like this portrait?
|a finished painting, acrylic paints on canvas|
|first sketch drawing|
|separate sketch of the dog|
|second pencil sketch|
|carbon sketch on paper (final sketch before sketching on canvas)|
|carbon sketch on the canvas itself (fixated with an adhesive spray)|
|first layer of paint|
|(approximately) fourth layer of paint|