The End of An Era & Nude Maternity Portraits

Landscape Painting from Richard Hoedl's Old Site

The 2 artists website is closed, so this is really the official beginning of  I'm so glad you found me!


On this site you will find original fine art paintings, custom hand-painted oil whimsical landscapes and classical elegance of the female nude.  This website also features information on how to have your own custom painting created.  And here in this blog, you will hear me rambling about the creative process and what I've been up to lately.


Mermaid Tattoo part of Maternity Mother Portrait
Detail of the Mermaid Tattoo

So besides building this site and working on my house, I've been creating beautiful nude maternity portraits.  The past few days I've been exclusively working on one maternity portrait that has a bit of a twist.  The twist is a beautiful tatoo of a mermaid.


This portrait was commissioned by a local couple, so I had the priveledge of meeting with them and doing the reference photography in my home studio.  This gave me a great oppportunity to see some of the personality of the woman I was painitng.


All of my fine art nudes, including commissioned paintings, are done in several stages.  For this piece, I have already built the frame, laid in the plaster that creates the textured background, painted the frame and the plaster and laid in the charcoal sketch.  The next part of the process is to etch back into the paint allowing white lines from the plaster to show.  this creates the feeling of sculpture within the portrait.  I would then add pastel highlights, goldleaf or both as requested.  This painting will have the warm glow of gold leaf.


I'm almost finished this portrait that will immortalize the expectant phase of this couple's life and its a great thing too.  The baby came a few weeks early (mom and babe are healthy and happy!) and this will be a great reminder of all the excitement they experienced waiting for their little one.


Well, I'm off to keep painting!




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