29/10/18 New portrait of Mother meera portrait . using a high quality picture . It has taken me a week to draw Mother Meera on the canvass. I choose not to trace the image as i see the drawing an integral part of the painting process. I use a water soluble pencil for the drawing which I can easily erase with water.
for the first layer of paint I used mainly a monochrome palette of burnt umber, burnt sienna , raw umber & naples yellow to capture the light & dark tones of the portrait subject.
30/10/18 have started applying colour using rich colours of magenta , rose madder , alizarin red to paint mother meera’s beautiful sari.
7/11/18 I have blocked in the first full layer of colour . just some fine touches needed to fully complete the first layer . then the difficult work begins.
27/11/18 have began the the second layer of applying colour.the sari is just needs refinement so I can now focus on the challenging part in rendering realistic skin tone. have started to define the chin & lower part of the face.
10/12/18 The second layer of paint has now been applied . At this stage most of the placement is accurate which will now allow me to fine tune the painting. The skin tone will be the most challenging area for me fine tune as i wish to achieve a realism in this painting .
21/1/2019. Slowly the portrait of Mother Meera is taking shape. Have now completed the third layer of skin tone . this has been a long project with many challenges .
30/1/2019 third layer of painting completed . have worked on the lips , eyes & background . The painting really starting to take form .
27/5/19. After completing another skin tone layer & have worked on refining the eyes in particular , background colour & hair . so just some fine tuning then painting will be finished.