Bill 30'x40' oil on canvas
I met Bill last summer at Golandrinas. He was so friendly, gentle and cooperative with me. I remember his wife, Alice Turtle, was so sweet. He was old, but very well built. As soon as I saw him, I made up mind to paint him and took several pictures of him at the location because we didn't set up a schedule for modeling. I really wished to hire him as my model but regrettably, I didn't get his contact number. He said he was living somewhere in Southern New Mexico three hours away from Santa Fe.
I sketched the subject on a pre-toned canvas.
In order to match the value for the background and the face, I just started to paint the background along the face and headband. The value was so clear that it took only a few brush strokes capture his likeness.
I was careful not to make his facial hair too white.
I used white, raw umber and celluian blue from the lightest value and darkest value.
- To paint the beaver furs, I used linseed oil for more smooth blending and a silky texture.
- The original background was in an almost solid green color and there was no space for the sky, so I painted "holes" to reduce the portion of the trees and green leaves. Finally, I was able to take a breather.
I changed his grey cotton shirts to a ship skin color and texture to make it more natural and warmer.
The background color was also green. I refined the texture of the beaver fur and the drying rack.