A printout of a photograph was used as a reference for the painting. The second image is an underpainting used to outline the painting structure. The next images show the sky complete and some – difficult – filling in. I found it very tricky using a palette knife.
I really struggled to get as far as I wanted at the RBSA studio and I was determined to complete the picture. By the time I got it home to my kitchen table I was enjoying using the palette knife and felt quite comfortable with it.
I tinkered and messed with the shadows in the sand and the foliage and grasses around the fence before daring to put my son in. I didn’t want to ruin a picture of my beautiful boy! I wanted to do him justice.
And here he is!
I’m really happy with how this painting has turned out. I enjoyed the challenge of using nothing but a palette knife – I have a long way to go before I reach June’s level of artistry. She was a great teacher and her own work is amazing. June has been working this way for many many years.
My son’s comment? “Mama, you’re so talented.”