Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Portrait Of Two Ebony Girls, In Progress

Black children oil portrait, painting of two ebony girls

An oil portrait in progress of two 'ebony' girls. You can see the progression from first application of oil on the right to the almost completed portrait on the left. I usually like to allow the painting to dry between reworkings (I work with fast-drying 'Duo' water based oils.) For myself, painting effective black skin tones is a matter of recording correct color reflection as much as capturing tone. African-American skin tones are both reflective and nuanced.

Not the Obama girls, but just by coincidence I do have a commission in progress of a large portrait of Michelle, Sasha and Malia Ann, which I'll post soon.