Practicing what I learned last week, I painted a portrait this week. I told Greenwood that I wanted to do something Rembrandt like. I had a photo from Halloween of BK’s husband dressed as a sultan and I wanted to use that as a jumping off point.
We looked at an art book with Rembrandt’s paintings and those of his contemporaries. The turban and oriental costume was a frequent theme in art of that time.
Greenwood pointed out to me that the backgrounds were dark to light. You can’t really tell in this photo but the lower right corner is much lighter than the upper left.
I under painted the figure in shades of brown with the pants and pearls both being white. This is also one of my smallest paintings 14cm x 28cm (5.5” x 11”). I didn’t want to be too detailed.
I want to take this to the framers and have a heavy gold frame put on it.
This is the painting that I did last week. It makes me think of old seed packets or labels on cans of vegetables. A midcentury sort of feeling to the realism. It’s hung with out a frame contributing to the poster feeling. Here is the original photo to compare.