Unfinished Portrait Close-up

This is a close up photo of the portrait of Helen, a six year old girl from NYC. It is not finished yet but I like to set a portrait that is near completion in a frame to help me with composition and values. It makes it easier to see where it needs to go lighter and darker. It also helps me to see shapes and masses important in the composition. I then take it out of the frame to work on it and repeat that several times until the portrait is complete. I made a trip to NY for the first pose. After I returned to my studio in Tucson I thought it would be nice to include her favorite doll. On my second trip to NY I had Helen hold the doll and I painted most of it in right in their apartment from life.

About Russell Recchion
Russ is an award winning portrait and landscape painter and a graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, and the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. He studied and painted extensively in England and Italy. A member of Portrait Artists of Arizona, Brown County Art Guild,Tucson Plein Air Painters Society and the Hoosier Salon, where he was the winner three years in a row for Outstanding work in Portrait, Outstanding work in Landscape, and Outstanding work in any medium. Russell Recchion is listed in John Castagno's American Artists: Signatures & Monograms 1800 to 1989. Metuchen, NJ. Scarecrow Press, 1989.

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