|Sicilian Friendship 12" x 16"|
It’s been way too long since I have painted or posted! Life demands interruptions from time to time, something I am very familiar with. I’m happy to have finished this painting and I hope you enjoy it!
These are the two digital references on my computer.
I wet a piece of 140 lb. watercolor paper, wrapped it around and stapled it on the back of an inexpensive prepared canvas, then let it dry.
In Photoshop I pieced the reference photo files together, converted it to black and white, and made a print to see the values (lights & darks) more easily.
As a shortcut I traced the image onto my “watercolor canvas”.
Layer upon layer, I began painting undertone color washes.
From light to dark.
Adding the details last, I used my computer to enlarge the digital photo to reference the faces, then finished by painting the sides of the “canvas” with corresponding color. I sprayed the whole painting with Krylon Workable Fixatif and several coats of Golden Matte Archival Varnish, all acid-free. I do this to enable me to frame the painting without glass.