August 29, 2008

Jean's Triptych

Oils - Jean's layout

Jean ordered a trio of two portraits of her son, and one of the two of them together. I love the way these sizes work together (the large one is 16x20, and the two small ones are 9x12), and the working out these coordinating colors was challenging and fun. It is amazing how big a difference subtle changes make. Originally, we were going to use the brown foreground on the yellow background the the green on the sage - but this created a strange disparity between the cool colors on the left and the warm ones on the right. In theory all the colors meshed, but until I realized that the foregrounds needed to be transposed it just wasn't working. Now, I love it.