Recently I did a painting based on this photo I snapped of a family as they strolled through the Gardens of Augustus on the island of Capri. I thought the parents looked so young and fit. And color coordinated.
But I made a few changes. You can see that she's a lot smaller then him; she doesn't even come to his shoulder. When I initially drew her that way, she looked like an adolescent next to him. So I made her taller.
Also, I changed out her shorts and top to a dress, because I thought it was prettier. That's the fun of being an artist: I can paint it the way I like. :-)
When I start a painting I'm working to define the shapes and values, then add the main colors. I don't want any detail at this point. I want the sense of light to be clear in terms of the warm light and cool shadows.
Then I add more detail and refine values. I keep playing with it until the subject comes forward and the background stays back. Here I made the background shrubbery cooler and more simple because it was competing with the subjects. I don't see it that way in the photo, but that's artistic license. My goal is to make the painting work, not to duplicate the photo.
I'm Linda Hugues and I paint scenes of people and places from my vacations in Europe and my travels in Florida. Here on my monthly blog I write about everything related to my art life, in and out of the studio. Enjoy!