How I Painted Chontele and Elora within the Backyard, 2022

(My “On the Easel” posts offer you a behind-the-scenes have a look at what I’m engaged on, what went nicely, what went unsuitable, and classes discovered.)

Let’s check out how I painted Chontele and Elora within the Backyard. This was solely meant to be a research finished in preparation for a bigger work, but it surely turned out to be fairly charming in its personal proper.

Dan Scott, Chontele and Elora in the Garden, 2022
Dan Scott, Chontele and Elora within the Backyard, 2022

(You’ll be able to obtain a higher-resolution picture of the portray right here.)

Reference Photograph

Beneath is the reference picture I painted from. Be happy to color it for your self. Here’s a hyperlink to the full-size picture.

Chontele and Elora in the Garden, Reference Photo
Chontele and Elora within the Backyard, Reference Photograph


  • Oil on Ampersand gessoboard, 8 by 12 inches.
  • Essential colours: Ultramarine blue, cobalt blue, cadmium purple, alizarin crimson, cadmium yellow, cadmium yellow mild, viridian inexperienced, and titanium white.

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Notes and Classes Discovered

  • This topic is especially significant to me. It options my associate, my daughter, and the yard of my mother and father’ dwelling (and my childhood dwelling). I leaned into this bias as I painted; that’s what makes a portray distinctive and private.
  • Probably the most troublesome side was portray the mirrored mild within the shadows, which I wrote about in a earlier e-newsletter.
  • I additionally discovered it troublesome to seize the essence of the scene while retaining a constant and painterly type. If I did an excessive amount of, the research appeared overworked and awkward. If I didn’t do sufficient, it appeared unfinished and unrealistic. I wanted to seize the look, really feel, expression, and essence of Elora and Chontele with out rendering each little element. Not straightforward to do.
  • I painted the background first after which labored on Chontele and Elora. I’m extra snug portray nature than I’m portray individuals. Portray the background first allowed me to construct up some confidence and momentum earlier than stepping outdoors of my consolation zone. 
  • The background offers context and acts as a degree of distinction for Chontele and Elora. It’s stuffed with wealthy shade, sharp distinction, and painterly brushwork, whereas Chontele and Elora are conveyed with delicate colours and cautious brushwork. 
  • You’ll be able to see Elora with a dummy in her mouth and a bunny in her hand. That is her traditional “I’m prepared for a nap” look. Her bunny particularly has been her favourite toy since delivery.
  • I’ll be having this portray framed and can reward it to Chontele (who will most likely find yourself passing it all the way down to Elora).

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Progress Pictures

Step 1: Tough sketch, then shortly paint within the background.

Dan Scott, Chontele and Elora in the Garden, 2022 WIP 1

Step 2: Roughly block within the colours of Chontele and Elora. Discover how timid my strokes are. I need to make sure of the path and colours earlier than I actually decide to my strokes.

Dan Scott, Chontele and Elora in the Garden, 2022 WIP 3

Step 3: Refine the sunshine and darkish shapes and add nuances. I pay explicit consideration to mirrored mild and worth distinction.

Dan Scott, Chontele and Elora in the Garden, 2022 WIP 4

Step 4: Ending touches, signal, and {photograph}.

Dan Scott, Chontele and Elora in the Garden, 2022
Dan Scott, Chontele and Elora within the Backyard, 2022

I plan on doing a large-scale model of this research after I get an opportunity. I’ll let you know the way it seems.

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Completely satisfied portray!

Dan Scott

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