New Painting

Liz here. I just finished a new painting of Henri, and since he is sleeping under the desk (as usual) he gave me permission to take over for the day and share the creative process with you.

Here is the finished result, which will be available shortly in the etsy store:

I have been wanting to experiment with acrylics recently for a couple of reasons, one, they may be less toxic for the baby’s sake (although that is probably debatable), but mostly because they dry faster and that means I can do more paintings of Henri and also commissions. Usually I paint with oils, which take six months to a year to fully dry, and I can’t imagine most people wanting to wait that long to get their portrait, do you?

So this was a first experiment, and since I hadn’t painted for a while and wanted to just get going on it, I decided to dispense with the sketching (which sometimes I will do on paper first and then on the canvas, and just do a quick sketch in paint on the canvas.

Then, I painted in the background to start to build up the color:

And then revisited some of the detail:

And then painted over those again. I noticed plenty of paint was key to getting the smoothness and mixing in color on the canvas that I like.

I was quite pleased with the day’s work and honestly was somewhat tempted to just leave it but it’s just too easy to leave paintings unfinished so you don’t “ruin” them and I really wanted to finish this one. Especially because it was going sooo much faster than with my usual oil paints! Usually those get too wet and start to turn muddy after a certain point so you have to stop. But the nice thing about acrylics is that you can just keep going! I’m not a total convert, mind you. But I am happy that they dry so fast and they were not as difficult to work with as I had anticipated.

So, the next day of painting, I added in a few more layers, a few more details and some highlights.

And that’s it! A painting finished in 2 days! That is certainly a record for me. πŸ™‚

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  1. melissa says:

    oh my goodness liz! i just love it!
    what a truly beautiful painting!
    i love seeing your process. thank you for sharing it!

  2. dish says:

    Very cool. You’re so gonna have to paint one of my baby when he comes. =)

  3. goodbear says:

    i love the new painting! i want you to paint cody bear some day….when i’ve got extra money for my fine art purchases!

  4. Khris says:

    We love it.

    Hugo and Khris

  5. Aww, Henri is so established now! πŸ™‚

  6. Really great painting, Liz! Did Henri show you how to do that?:)

  7. lizlangley says:

    oh yes, he snorts the occasional instruction from under the desk!

  8. Khris says:

    I never liked painting with oils (I took a portrait class at CCAD and we used oils) very much. With acrylics, if you make a mistake-you don’t have to wait forever for it to dry (I’m not patient when I want to get a project done) and paint back over it.

    I really love your painting. You should definitely do more of them!!! Hopefully, I’ll be doing some art work for the FBRN soon. They’d love your work.

  9. Khris says:

    I’ve given you an ‘I Heart Your Blog’ award. Please check my blog, Henri and Liz….

  10. Amber says:

    Thanks for sharing the process! It looks great, and I hope you do more like this.

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