Small Painting Process With Pictures

Two paintings and a breakdown of the small painting process.

Recently new client who saw a commission I did of this  oil painting of woman on the beach with her dog contacted me.

Dog on the Beach Painting
Sue And Buddy

This client wanted to surprise her husband with a painting of her as a young woman in a yellow dress when they first met.

Due to special memories, she wanted a scene recreated of herself at the fence watching him pitching softball, but on a small canvas due to small space. It quickly became apparent that we could not paint both full figures on the small size of 8 1/2 x 11. It was just too small to capture the detail.

Since her husband still brings up conversations of her in the yellow dress (I think he fell in love with her then) we decided to just put her image on a larger 11 x 14 canvas. It was still tricky capturing the detail of these small faces on this size, but she was very understanding.

Although this is not my usual style. I fell in love with their love story and knew I just had to do this painting for these special clients. Here  is the initial sketch of the original concept. It was on a large-scale paper to capture details enough to get a good representation of them. However, due to size constraints, we changed the concept.

Softball Pitcher Spectator Sketch
Preliminary sketch of a softball pitcher and spectator

Here is a glimpse at this small painting process. You can see the tiny details that were challenging. I’m just thankful for magnifying glasses.

 

Here is a short video clip of the whole oil painting coming together.

Alas, I think he was happy. I want to thank my special customer for asking me to create this special painting gift for the two of them.

Written by Tina A Stoffel

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