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The Making Of A Painting

Sussuro....Image by Lee White.

Sussuro....Image by Lee White.

Post by Lisa

Here's a peek at Lee's process for making this image, which was commissioned for the upcoming Salem Art Fair & Festival. As you can see, it goes through many stages before it becomes a finished piece!

First he starts with what he calls "ugly sketches" just to brainstorm different layouts and ideas. Then comes refining of individual components, such as color and character. Then he does several practice versions, before the final painting begins.

The inspiration for the image is based on the ornery old owl who was known to attack joggers in Bush's Pasture Park, where the art festival is held. He imagined an owl whisperer of sorts, who could sooth the owls to sleep with a lullaby.

The art festival is this Friday 7/21, Saturday 7/22 and Sunday 7/23. Lee will be at Booth 182, come by and say hi!

"Ugly sketches."

"Ugly sketches."

Character studies.

Character studies.

Color studies.

Color studies.

Digital study. Almost there!

Digital study. Almost there!