Today was such a fun day!! I worked on this piece the almost the entire day. I really made sure to savor each moment because as I have learned good art days don’t come easy. The past few days have been so hard that today felt like a gift.
I started by sketching the figures on white wood. I used by 6B graphite pencil to shade in some values and then went over her face and hands with white gesso. Once that was dry I went over the complete panel with clear gesso.
Then I took my acrylic paint and started painting in the values of her face and hands.
Then I took my Neo Colors II and started on their shirts. I also gave them both the first layer of hair. I used blending white to blend the Neos.
.After that I took more acrylic paint and went over the blue of the shirt and blended everything together. I also painted the back of his neck, and her arms and hand.
I painted the background a mixture, of black, white and the blue I used in his shirt. Then I started work on her hand. The hand is what took me the longest. I spent hours working on it. I even had to redo it at one point. I have never painted a hand before so it took me some time to figure it out. After I started over on the hand I realized that the Neo Color II would give me the look I was trying to achieve.
Here they are completed. They are not perfect but I love them very much. This is my new favorite peace. This piece was inspired in part by one of my favorite poets Gerhard E. Frost
“I’ve Missed You”
I knocked today at my friend’s door;
he answered, and I went in.
“I’ve the best possible reason for coming,” I said.
“What’s that?” said he.
“I’ve missed you.
I had no other reason.
I just wanted to stand up close,
shoulder to shoulder, heart to heart,
with this, my friend.
We found it reason enough.