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Art Show: EBSQ 6th Annual Portrait Swap

Portrait of Deborah Sprague

by Lee Smith

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Art: Portrait of Deborah Sprague by Artist Lee Smith
Deborah sent me a fabulous photo of herself, with beautiful backlighting. Backlighting is a challenge b/c the flesh tones are in shadow. I cropped the photo to head and shoulders for the 11 X 14. I started this with paint and brush using thinned paint to "draw" indications of where the eyes, nose mouth etc are, basically using the "sight size" method except using a photo in lieu of a live sitting. I the first session I was able to get the painting to about 90% completion, in full color very thin acrylic underpainting. Then in Session 2, I tweaked small shapes and used full bodied oil in the final layer.


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