The Chef at Work
I have been wanting to paint this man for about 10 years. I've looked at the photo over and over until I finally got the brushes wet to do it. My creative juices were somewhat stifled by all the negative news surrounding the election but it was a good diversion for me because you have to be positive to create!
I started with different textural techniques and a couple of stencils using my gesso juice mixture (Gesso and Mat Medium with a little water). I let it dry and then focused on the man on the left and the dark shapes around the Chef. I decided to keep the colors simple and even though I consider him very masculine I chose varying hues of quin magenta. I found myself feeling very excited to get his face completed but took my time. The meat on the grill took a lot more effort than I expected. I had to subdue the people eating in the outdoor restaurant because they were taking away from him. I had to work on the squewers at the end. Thanks to my critique groups for the final suggestions.
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