I finished the painting of my friends beautiful mother. As I’ve said before, the reference photo I used was a black and white taken in the 60’s. I’m guessing she was in her 20’s and could have been a movie star. My friend Jessica looks just like her mother but with brown hair. Same dimples, eyes, smile, everything. What a pleasure to paint this portrait for my friend and her father. I’m so sad for them that they lost her last year.
To finish the painting I did a glaze of liquin and some burnt umber all over the background and in some of the dark parts of her hair. I also pulled a little of her blonde hair out into the dark background to give it a bit of a glowing look where the light is coming in from the side. I also went through and made small corrections on all of her features.