The Montana Painter's Alliance....
....has invited me on their painting events a couple of times. Lucky me. One of those times was in the Flathead Valley and the National Bison Range....and there was a morning when Chief Steve LittleSalmon agreed to pose.
Chief LittleSalmon has an impressive presence about him, especially when he puts on his traditional garments. If I remember correctly he sat for about 90 minutes assuming a few initial poses before settling on this one. I chose a spot that emphasized all the shapes and colors in his headdress and played down his face a bit. His profile is accurate but hardly noticed with all that color.
Here is one of the sketches I did before the painting. It played up his face and would have been just as interesting. The under drawing for my painting was also sketchy like this.
I ran across this piece when pulling some things together for my last portrait class...had forgotten all about it. At the same time I ran across some photos of the Chief from after the painting session when he put on other traditional costumes and let us photograph him. How often does that happen in a lifetime?
I wanted to show what could be done from a photo and painted this one last Tuesday before class. It is certainly 'tighter' than the one from life but I tried to keep the paint application lively and interesting.
And here is the reference photo:
And there you have it. I searched for warms and cools wherever I could find them and pushed them around a bit. Also lightened some shadows and darkened the lights. The green band in the painting was inspired by the need of an abstract shape that would symbolize a man who was of the outdoors.
Thanks for looking. Back soon....