I used a technique that master artist Richard Schmid talks about in his book Alla Prima II - Everything I know About Painting, and More. He talks about using transparent oil colors within a color family, where you paint it on thinly and wipe away the lights to expose the white of the canvas. He uses reddish-brown colors, which gives a vintage, timeless feel to the painting. This is my first time to try it. I used transparent oxide red, transparent oxide brown, and permanent alizarin crimson in the making of "Norma".
Norma was born in 1936 to her (full Italian) parents, and raised in Bloomfield, New Jersey. Susan is not sure how old she is in this image. Norma grew up to be quite a stunning woman, with a gorgeous smile, a zest for life, and a sweet disposition. Susan said her mother was her best friend and a light in her life.
Susan inherited her mother's thick, wavy black hair, those brown eyes, a fun sense of humor, and sweet personality. Susan is a light in my life, and to all who are privileged enough to call her their sister, mother, or friend.
|Norma 11" x 14" Oil on canvas board|
Here is a gif file to show the progression of the painting...
Today we picked out the perfect frame. I hope Susan finds at least a tiny bit of comfort in this tribute to her mom.