Time Lapse Painting
Ever want to watch a painting grow up? As I was painting one of the most recent portraits in the Gender Portraits series, "Norah," I stopped to take photos with my phone along the way. Later, I decided to put all the images together in a gif, and this is what it looks like. It may be the poor man's time lapse, but it is still pretty cool.
I started taking the photos right after I finished the under drawing on the fresh canvas. Every painting I make starts with a detailed drawing of how I want it end up. This helps guide me through the process. All those movies where the artist stares, memorized at the blank canvas with a quivering paintbrush in their hand are a little misleading, no? It's okay, their version is more romantic.
Why does the painting suddenly turn red? One of my favorite things to do is do pick a color for my new piece and cover the whole canvas in that color right from the start. It has a few benefits, but my favorite reason for doing this is that it gives the whole piece a strong mood at the end, because the color usually influences the way I paint the rest of it.
A big thank you to Norah, my model. I'll tell you more about her on a later date. Don't look so shocked, I can't tell you everything now! ..Patience.
Here is what the final painting looks like:
Thank you for checking in, more coming soon!