Friday, July 26, 2013
Mendenhall Glacier - Alaska
This is a small 8" X 10" acrylic painting on stretched canvas of the Mendenhall Glacier in Alaska. I painted it from a photo provided by a family member. She requested the painting and I think it is finished now.
This is really the first time I've done any type of commission for someone. It was interesting working from someone else's photo since I have never been there (but would like to go!). First we had to decide on a composition since her photo was a panorama type and she wanted an 8" X 10" canvas.
I made several sample compositions using Photoshop. I made several other painting decisions too. She told me that the ice was bluer than in the original photo and I knew this from other friends that had been there. I looked online at other photos and paintings to get an idea of colors. As always, you can click on any of the photos and you will get a larger image.
I took a digital photo of my painting and noticed that the colors are not quite accurate with my painting. I always struggle a little to get a good photo, but this is fairly accurate. I will let the painting set for a few days to make sure I don't want to change anything else, then buy a frame for it. The other possibility was putting a canoe in the painting (to show scale), but I felt it would detract from the painting and would be too small so I opted not to do this.
Here are some of the original photos I was working with. The top one is the original panorama.
And the canoe that didn't make it into the final painting: