Final product

This is the beginning. Working from a photo, I make a printed version, put dry pigment (raw sienna) on the back, then trace the outline of the face, the nose, the pupils, the hairline.

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Starting with the eyes. My father's eyes are bluish-green, so I used aquamarine, white, yellow ocre, raw sienna.

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The whites of the eyes are not white. I use a white and aquamarine to make a grey, with a little red ocre around the corners. The red ocre also traces the lids.

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After working around the eyes, using fleshtones: white, raw sienna, red ocre and yellow ocre, I mixed in some aquamarine to make the side shadows on the face.

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Filling in the center parts. The eyes need more work here.

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I spent more time working on the eyes, the nose, the mouth, defining lines with mainly red ocre. Added some white for the highlights on the cheeks.

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Filled in the neck, using the same skin tones and red ocre.

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The glasses are dark: aquamarine, cassel earth. The smudges in the background are tests of color. I will cover this up later with a dark background

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The hair is white, aquamarine and a bit of light brown (raw sienna/white).

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The sweater is going to be red, but red is a transparent color, so you paint first in black and white, and then when that dries, paint the red over it.

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The background are globs of aquamrine and cassel earth, with whatever other colors are still on the palette.

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I will paint the sweater red, next.

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This is not done, yet. Here I just painted over the the sweater with a red paint. I still have to work on the face a bit, and add of course the twinkle in his eye, small white dots.

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Just added the sparkle in the eyes... I will leave this here as finished. I took the picture in natural light, that is why it looks so different from the last.

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Final product.

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GREGORY GREFENSTETTE

Painter Portraitist Artist