Here is something I have learned this year in the SmArt School classes. Before committing paint to the canvas, do a map of your value areas in grayscale. I have used four values here in an effort to plan out an interesting composition. There is interesting negative shapes and good value contrast to lead the eye to the center of interest. Next comes the under painting. I did a few color comps also, but on the computer and did not save them. I am not very good at that yet, so its just as well you don't see that.
Linda Lawler is an artist working in a naturalist realism style. She works as an Illustrator and Portrait Artist. Ms Lawler is currently working from Western View Studio in Gore Virginia and teaches privately at the studio. Contact her for individualized instruction.
Her works have garnered her many awards, most recently, the Elaine and James Hewitt Award for Oils & Acrylic at the Audubon Artists Show, held at the Salmagundi Club in Manhattan in Sept. 2015. The award was for her painting, Family Tree.
All artwork on this site is for sale. Contact Linda at Western View Studio, e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org for pricing and to purchase.