This family portrait on their home terrace is based on a classic working process — taking pictures to outline the subject, finding the right composition, strengthen the colour arrangement, sketching and underdrawing followed by the final oil painting process over five painting sessions. Commissioned painting jobs are a perfect exercise to focus on clients requests, combine them with my own view on the topic and bring them on the canvas. We did different shot setups in front of their house on a spring evening with beautiful light conditions. To get a strong starting point we want these classic lights and shadows, which come up with dusk. In the studio I tried to sharpen our composition with a few little improvements. The next step was to paint a small draft to get a basic feeling of the subject.
Besides, I did a kind of digital abstraction of the scene to memorize the main colour values of my painting. Then I started sketching my scene on a wood panel with 49 x 69 cm and define the shadow values with a monochromatic underdrawing. After that, the painting process starts. I tried to paint bold and fast to avoid a paralysing focus on details and train a confident brush stroke. It's always a challenge to see the overall and not to stuck on rendering small passages. This time mainly I managed to keep a nice looseness in my brushwork on which I can build on.