“Sophie Annabel” 16"x20" Arches paper Mixed Mediums
One of the main pieces that I had been working on at the time of my stroke in July was this portrait of my granddaughter, Sophie which was the main feature of my exhibit @ this year’s “Access The Arts” at the county fair. Just two days before, I was very blessed to have had it at least slightly over 80% complete at the time of my incident or it’s very likely that I would have had to cancel my participation in the event! Something that would have made me very unhappy, mind you, as I had already been out the year before due to surgery. I’m very fortunate —That I was still able to compete and that I survived & recovered my medical situation.
I created and posted two videos on my FB of myself working on this preliminary rough sketch. Whenever I work on a full-size canvas piece like this, I generally will create and do a study in rough pencils of the subject. I can make all my major decisions and any necessary changes in this stage on a cheaper medium without risking the more expensive final canvas. This is "technically" the first step; a matter of roughing out the subject’s profile. No major details, just the specifics. It’s so very easy to make young children (especially babies) look too old.