Monday, April 11, 2011
Painting Kids from Life ... a few years ago
Elisabeth is now 30 years old. She is my second oldest child, and she posed for a number of paintings. These are a few of her that were more specific "portraits". Again, they were painted from life. The bottom one was painted the same year I painted Rebekah with a doll (see below). Lizzie, though, was the only child to pose for an etching.
To do the etching, I did a small fountain pen drawing of her from life. The drawing then became the basis for the etching, which is small, and I think I went through about 5 or 6 "states", or stages, to get to this image. Generally, I print small editions like this. You can see the plate for this etching a few posts down. It is copper, and I used a "Dutch Mordant" to bite the lines. The printed image, as you can see, comes out in reverse.