Day One: 10 Paintings in 10 Days

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Painted Ladies, oil on canvas, 6 panels on board, Jessica Antonelli, 2015.

Day One: Painted Ladies

It’s day one, and I’m diving into all kinds of loopholes in my approach to finishing 10 paintings in 10 days.

Loophole 1: To begin with, my first painting (singular) is composed of 6 small canvases, about 5×7 inches more or less, which will be framed together on a dark grey mat. So, woohoo! Bonus paintings and it’s just day one!

Loophole 2: Maybe painting 6 mini-portraits will get help me get away with the fact that this whole process did not happen all in one day.
In fact, let me set the stage for the next 10 days: I will be working on paintings that I will be preparing in advance!

To be fair, only 2 of the other portraits for the Ladies of the Night art opening coming up have got some of the under-paintings begun, so I will paint in the beginning compositions for the others in the coming days. Let’s not make it too easy on me, right?

The Process

 

 

 

 

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I began by toning the canvases with the limited palette I wanted to play with for these pieces. Then I blocked in an initial lay-in of the general proportions of each face and frame

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Building up each new color one at a time, I used a little bit of every yellow, lavender, and cadmium red on each canvas to harmonize the colors across the 6 pieces.

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The features begin to come clear as darker tones add focus

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Adding ultramarine blue to burnt sienna gave me a great dark tone to really up the contrast.

I so super enjoyed playing with this funky-hued, stencil-like style for the first painting of the challenge.

The playfulness of it allowed me to really feel joyful coming into the studio, which is an excellent way to start things off. I also got a chance to practice painting these particular women, some of whom I am going to paint on a much larger scale. The more I paint and draw a subject, the better I get at capturing them. With these subjects, it’s also been fascinating to imagine their world.

Please comment below to let me know what you think of the piece! I am thinking of re-arranging the 6 ladies as shown in the above shot so that the far left ladies switch places. Thoughts?

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