You’ve Come a Long Way Baby, But You’re Not There Yet!

Anthony Salituro portrait in progress by Mairi Budreau

There is a lot going on in this piece, and many days have been put into it to reach this point. Because of the window display and reflections in the glass and some landscape, this painting has been a very good challenge. Somedays when the weight of the challenge is pressing on me I wonder why I do this! But the answer is no mystery, it’s for the experience of learning by observing and interpreting the world.

Anthony and the landscape still need a lot of work, I haven’t even touched his teeth yet, they are still at the underpainting stage. With two weeks left to have this finished and on display at the TRU Fundraising Gala on Valentines day, it’ll be on the easel most days.

Anthony Salituro – underpainting

Anthony Salituro underpainting by Mairi BudreauPainting in monochrome is simpler than full colour and I’m finding that building this base to a painting is work but it really maps out the whole piece. There’s a lot going on in this painting and in monochrome, it’s all competing for your attention. Colour will push and pull and modify this so that Anthony triumphs as the subject.
The sun, and the window reflections are new painting subjects for me.
I like a challenge, so fingers crossed – forward ho!