The blog of Ohio artist, Nora Sallows, a compulsive oil painter!
Saturday, December 21, 2013
Hannah's First Haircut
This painting was a gift to my boss for Christmas. His wife took it as their little girl was getting her very first haircut at age three. Right away he showed it to me and asked didn't I think this was a great photo and wouldn't it make a great painting? He was right. Something about the composition and the angle it was taken at seemed to make the child almost iconic. Her wispy blond hair and brave little face were a great subject. I cropped the photo and made Hannah the center of attention literally and figuratively.
I used an ultramarine blue wash under the paint and the Andres Zorn palette of red, black, yellow ochre and white.