So this is the first commission I am posting for the simple fact that it was really challenging. When I do portraits I usually do them at quite a large scale. However for this painting the figures were considerably small (for me at least) and their faces smooth. This makes it harder for me to place value as I don’t have a lot of experience with such fine features (I am by no means a professional at this stage).
But despite it all I managed!
It is a portrait of the Nephew of a friend of mine with kneeling with the Saviour. I used as reference for the Saviour a painting by Greg Olsen and for the boy a photograph taken by his father.
The painting is a gift for the boy’s Baptism, which I find quite fitting.
I was nervous to post this because in my opinion it isn’t perfect, but something I recently heard on a podcast made me change my mind – “don’t let perfect be the enemy of good”. I know the painting is good, but what I wanted was perfect, but I have spent a week and a half (on and off) on this painting, and if I continued to harp on the tiny imperfections, I would still be busy, unable to move onto another project. Now, I can take what I’ve learnt in practice with this portrait, and apply it to the next.
I hope you enjoy seeing the progress shots. Let me know what you think in the comments below.