Final product

Starting with a photocopy of a photo of my brother Jim, I covered the back of the photocopy with dry raw sienna pigment, and trace the major lines of the photo onto to canvas.

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The eyes are done first...

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Putting in major patterns on the skin.

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Then the lighter sections of the skin. At this point the mouth is awry, and his friendly smile looks like a smirk. yuck...

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A new session. I bought this little table easel for 8 euros. I did the hand first, to get back into the swing of things, and then worked on the face.

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The shirt will be bright red, but to make bright red, you need a white underpinning, so I drew in the shirt in white with some terre de cassel shading. The back wall will be yellow, but i also put in a darker undercoat.

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Finished the undercoat for the wall, and darkened the windows. I will let this dry for a few days and then appy the red paint for the short and the yellow paint for the walls.

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Added a coat of yellow ocre to the back wall.

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Straight vermillion for the shirt.

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I made Jim's left pupil larger which helped balance the face. Gave him more hair on the right temple.

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Uniformized the back walls. Did the tie, and started on the Christmas theme. Jim was wearing this bright red shirt at my mother's 82rd birthday party, near Christmastime, 2012.

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I had decided the painting was too drab, so I stuck a Christmas tree in the corner. Made the tablecoth green, too. Sketched a plate.

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Straightened out the windows a bit. Colored in the wainscoting.

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Added some Christmas candles and their reflections.

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Added in a small painting on the back wall. The painting is gayer now, there is contextual story. I will stop here.

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GREGORY GREFENSTETTE

Painter Portraitist Artist