I recently had a request for one of my long neck paintings for a birthday gift. The instructions were to paint a couple in a dingy with a fishing rod and two calico cats. Oh, and the man needed to be wearing a fishing hat.
I meant to take pictures all along but all I have is the beginning sketch. The sketch was to make sure I was on the right track. Once approved I sketched the picture onto a canvas that I prepped with white paint and medium to add a bit of texturing.
I painted the water and the greenery first. I do several layers of the background to give more depth to basic colours, usually at least three layers allowing for drying time between layers.
Then I moved onto the boat. For some reason I felt it had to be red and white and I’m glad I went with gut on that cause I love the vibrancy of it.
My favourite part of making my long necks are the clothes and the hats. As someone with no fashion sense what-so-ever, this inclination even cracks me up. However, for some reason, it is my favourite part. I love adding details, especially buttons oddly enough!
It was a fun process. I hadn’t made a long necks in quite some time so it was good to make one again.
And hopefully it gives the birthday man a smile:)