Sanja was really excited and pleased to sit for over an hour while I painted, an experience which is quite different from sitting for a photograph.
First, a quick "feeling-it-out" sketch:
|Sharpie marker and acrylic on paper|
Then I began an oil portrait, realized the composition was no good, wiped it and began again. I really got into the drawing look of this one and decided to leave it alone, no more colours on top. I like how the ghost of the first try remains visible. A bit like a double exposure, very appropriate to my photographer friend, hey. :)
|oil on canvas, unstretched|
Since I had my colours already out on the palette, I made a third portrait. Started again with drawing:
And thought, "hmmm, not the same thing as last time" so scrapped that and just hauled some colours over the surface. Pretty rough at first:
Finished portrait is not a great likeness and... well, I could pick it apart but I won't. I like the colour palette very much. Here it is:
|Portrait of Sanja|
oil on canvas
Three aspects of Sanja. She has a really great personality which I think has come through a bit in each one.