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Sisters: Step 13


Although there are four feet in this composition, there is in fact only one hand. I personally find hands to be considerably easier to paint than feet, although they are arguably equally complex, and much more expressive. I suspect this is in large part due to the fact that hands are much more often the focus of observation than are feet, and their form is consequently much more familiar. In any event, this one hand is the one area of this painting yet to be finished.

As with the last step I will restrain myself from delving into a lengthy technical explanation of the processes involved with painting the hand, but will instead include several images that should offer all the explanation necessary. The first image is a sequential depiction of the progress of the hand.

Sisters, by Bryan Larsen

The second shows the two different palettes used, the one on the left for the roughing in phase and the one on the right for the refining and detail phase.

Sisters, by Bryan Larsen

The third image I am including for anyone who may be wondering what exactly I mean when I refer to a ‘relatively large brush’ (typically used in the roughing in stage) as I often have in past posts. Hint: the relatively large brushes are nearer the relatively large coins.

Sisters, by Bryan Larsen

The fourth and final image is of the finished painting. As usual, I have to say that this is not the best image of the painting. In general, the colors are slightly bled out, and the image is too bright, the contrast too low. All of these are due to limitations of my camera and the fact that the painting is not fully dry or varnished. When I have a better image (once I have the painting professionally photographed), I will post it.

Until then, enjoy this finished painting and, please, write in with your final comments and questions.

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About Tamara Bonet ~

Tamara Bonet

Tamara Bonêt has a passion for sculpting what is beautiful, with a focus on faces. She enjoys making each face uniquely special, with a soul or presence to them. Her favorite style is highly refined romantic, lovely ladies with sensitive emotion and a story to tell. She puts her heart into each sculpture and wishes to share her love of beauty with others.

Growing up in Northern California, Tamara focused on art at a very young age and spent many hours perfecting her drawings. In time, she began to sculpt in clay and found that to be her ultimate medium to create in. She is self-taught and has carefully studied the human anatomy. Over the years, she has received useful critiques from master sculptors and through online forums, resulting in a skill level that equals some of the best sculptors in the world today. Because she is primarily self-taught, and with her careful attention to detail, she has developed many of her own specialized techniques that enables her to have a special flair and style.