Final product

A photo of my father sitting on the front porch of Brownsville Road.

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Start with the face

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Some grey hair (using white, aquamarine blue, and little yellow ochre). Then a bush, using aquamarine and yellow ochre.

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The sweater will be red, but since red is a transparent pigment, I painted the sweater in black and white. Black is of course not black, but aquamarine and cassel's earth.

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Sketched in the armchair.

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The stone in front is greyish, brown, so I used the aquamarine+white and bit of raw sienna.

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The central scene is the outdoors and everything will be bright in the middle, so the porch should be dark.

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The sweater is made red by painting the dark grey (which had dried) with a dark red (mixed in with red ochre). While I had the red, I did the stripes of the flag.

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I made the trees on the left with cadmium yellow and cobalt blue, and the ones on the right with cadmium yellow and aquamarine.

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A greenish curtain closes the top of the porch.

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Filled in the remaining white spots (books, the glass of whisky (the orange is the dark red and cadmium yellow).

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This is the same as the previous but in different light. I will still work on the face more, and darken the porch some more, before I am finished.

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Darkened the sides and the bottom.

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Added the bright yellow highlights, to finish this here.

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Final product.

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GREGORY GREFENSTETTE

Painter Portraitist Artist