| Geraty Sisters
Pastel on Paper
13.75" x 12.5"
Once I have all of this information I select the pose and the other elements of the composition and I plan the painting. With the composition in mind, I make arrangements to take photographs of my subject in a session that usually takes two to three hours.
After I have taken the photographs, I schedule a final two to three hour sitting with my subject during which I paint a small oil sketch of the head from life.
With the completion of the oil sketch my preparatory work is done and I return home and paint the portrait. Assuming all has goes as planned, the entire process ordinarily takes five to six months from beginning to end.