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  • Linda H. Post

Hope & Feathers, on Parade

It's always exciting to begin a new painting. Solidifying the concept can often take months. This new one combines many of the ideas, figures and settings from my series of the past 10 or so years. It is the largest in scale and very horizontal, at almost eleven feet wide!

This is the full-size drawing on canvas, pinned to my studio wall.

sketch on canvas for a new painting

Before finalizing the sketch, I created a 12" x 12" oil painting on a wood panel of the masked figure on the left, just the head, to see how it would look.

masked girl, oil painting 12" x 12"

The whimsical gazebo on the right was on the lawn of the Cape Cod Museum of Art. The red parrot on the upper left is native to the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, where I've spent some time over the last couple of years. The figures are all young women I've painted many times: Hannah, Amanda, Alison and Sydney. I digitally superimposed the small portrait on the large sketch here.

oil painting digitally superimposed on crayon sketch on canvas.

The complete digital sketch, a photo collage, months in the making, below. As I paint, the narrative will change and deepen, just as it did when I was working on the photo collage. I can't wait!

digital sketch for painting

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