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Painting Process - looking over the artist’s shoulder – 2/2

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Painting Process - looking over the artist’s shoulder – 2/2

One of ArtsDotCom’s customers chose this image from our museum of images of western art and ordered it to be reproduced as a full-sized oil painting.Our team of expert artists is always ready for such an order and a painter from the team immediately swings into action, as he or she does not paint “on spec” but only in response to a customer online order.

Then this process follows:

If you had chosen the best quality linen canvas that we recommend, this material is cut to size and stretched out for the initial charcoal or pencil drawing to be made. If you were able to be looking over the artist’s shoulder, these are the steps that you would see over the next few days:

Already many details of the fascinating original painting, of a figure chasing flying fish that are jumping just out of his reach, are being accurately and sensitively sketched onto the canvas in charcoal. Some lovely shadings have been included also to guide the application of paint that follows next.

Then the initial layer of good quality oil paint is applied.

For amateur painters, this is often a nervous moment when permanent oil paint is being first applied to your good drawing and good canvas. Will it be permanently spoiled?

 

As the figure, and maybe even its bottom, is usually first point looked at by anyone admiring the painting, so the body of the swimmer is here naturally tackled first by the painter with the first brushes of undercoating.

The painter knows that many paint layers can be built before the picture is finished, so he works on that basis, mindful how the semi-transparent layers will work with each other on the lovely sensual figure, andthen applies paint accordingly.

 

The painter knows that many paint layers can be built before the picture is finished, so he works on that basis, mindful how the semi-transparent layers will work with each other on the lovely sensual figure, and then applies paint accordingly.

It’s all looking good!

One can feel the painter’s enjoyment as reproduces faithfully the lovely details of the surging sea, freely applying brush strokes but also closely observing details and the many nuances of color in the deep blue water.

Time has to be allowed for the layers of oil paints to dry, so the complete process can take a few days.
Time now to make sensual wet body glistens as true to life, as it was captured in the original painting.

And there is how your commission will look on your wall.

The customers can smell the oil-paint finish as they enjoy the painterly quality, of the nuances of complementary colors shining through transparent layers, that arguably is best seen in an oil painting.

One can also almost permanently feel the sea spray and savor the ocean’s breeze as the viewer enjoys the aesthetic pleasure of the body as it leaps through the waves.

As permanent also is the question about the symbolism of the image that forever invites interpretation: why that permanent leap?



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