New Painting in Progress: “Come as Children”

New Painting in Progress: “Come as Children”

Here is a new painting in progress–a 16 x 20 acrylic on canvas. This will be a book cover for a compilation of Charles Spurgeon’s devotionals for children, called “Come Ye Children.” Based off this photo I took of my two children when we were hiking in northern Wisconsin.

Reference Photo

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In Progress Painting

I start off very faint, just blocking in the colors with glazes. I mix about 90% clear acrylic medium to about 10% paint and just block in the composition, suggesting where the future colors will go. Here is my palette…

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Normally, I use burnt sienna, but to challenge myself and also to enhance the color harmony within the painting, I omitted it.

 

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Video Demonstration

 

The first layers consisted of raw sienna, yellow ochre, phthalo blue and indian yellow for the background, and then for the posts: raw umber dark, ultramarine blue and napthol crimson. I blocked in the blue jeans with phthalo blue, and my daughter’s pants with napthol crimson.

I’ll be posting more on this and show you the process of how the painting develops.

Have a blessed day,

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If you have any comments or questions about what I wrote, please leave me your feedback below! I will personally get back to you. Can you help me spread the word? Please share this post with your family and friends by using the social media links on the side or below. Thank you!

 

"I have inscribed you on the palm of my hands."

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"Inscribed," Pencil on Paper, by Matt Philleo

One day, when I was discouraged I read a verse in the Bible, in Isaiah, 49:15-16, where it says, "Can a woman forget her nursing child And have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, but I will not forget you. Behold, I have inscribed you on the palm of my hands." This verse brought such encouragement, that I created this original work of art to share the incredible love of God with others, including you!


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2 Comments

  1. I think you are an amazing painter and a wonderful person to share your gift as you do. Thank you for your kind message. Your drawing of open hands and quotation from Isaiah resonates with me and how I feel at this time. Thank you and God bless youxx

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    • Matt Philleo

      Thank you, Marian. God has been good to me! I’m glad my artwork has brought you encouragement–stay strong in the faith! Blessings to you.

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