How I Painted Chontele and Elora within the Backyard, 2022

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

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

Reference Picture

Under 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 Picture


  • Oil on Ampersand gessoboard, 8 by 12 inches.
  • Predominant 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 accomplice, my daughter, and the yard of my dad and mom’ house (and my childhood house). I leaned into this bias as I painted; that’s what makes a portray distinctive and private.
  • Essentially the most troublesome side was portray the mirrored mild within the shadows, which I wrote about in a earlier publication.
  • 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 seemed overworked and awkward. If I didn’t do sufficient, it seemed 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 comfy 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 gives context and acts as a degree of distinction for Chontele and Elora. It’s stuffed with wealthy coloration, 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 present it to Chontele (who will in all probability find yourself passing it right down to Elora).

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 wish to be certain of the course 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 specific 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 once I get an opportunity. I’ll let you understand how it seems.

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Glad portray!

Dan Scott

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