How I Painted Chontele and Elora within the Backyard, 2022

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

Let’s check out how I painted Chontele and Elora within the Backyard. This was solely meant to be a research achieved in preparation for a bigger work, nevertheless it 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 possibly can obtain a higher-resolution picture of the portray right here.)

Reference Picture

Beneath is the reference picture I painted from. Be at liberty 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 Picture


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

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Notes and Classes Realized

  • This topic is especially significant to me. It options my companion, my daughter, and the yard of my mother and father’ residence (and my childhood residence). 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 gentle 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 fashion. 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 simple to do.
  • I painted the background first after which labored on Chontele and Elora. I’m extra snug portray nature than I’m portray folks. Portray the background first allowed me to construct up some confidence and momentum earlier than stepping exterior of my consolation zone. 
  • The background supplies 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 possibly can 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 specifically has been her favourite toy since delivery.
  • I’ll be having this portray framed and can present it to Chontele (who will in all probability find yourself passing it all the way down to Elora).

Progress Photographs

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 wish to make sure of the route and colours earlier than I really 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 specific consideration to mirrored gentle 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 once I get an opportunity. I’ll let you know the way it seems.

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Blissful portray!

Dan Scott

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