Remember when I mentioned my go-to creative block tip? (Here's a refresher) Well, I'm at it again and have been painting on a larger scale. The heart of this project is inspired by my abuelos (grandparents). For a while, I had the idea of doing a portrait of my grandmother and grandfather.
A few weeks ago my dad sent me a photograph of my abuelos when they were young, and that was all I needed to find some inspiration and motivation. The photograph was taken in Colombia sometime in the 1950s. I love everything about this shot, their candid expressions, their clothing and most importantly the fact that they still walk arm and arm to this day.
Using color for this portrait was important to me. Usually when I work on a portrait, it will be in pencil or charcoal and a very realistic representation. However, I wanted to work less about making this as realistic as possible and more about capturing the feeling from this photograph and how I felt when I saw it, and with that I used warm (reds, pinks and yellows), and complimentary colors (yellows and purples).