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When standing back and observing a finished piece of art, most people probably wouldn’t consider the process and stages the piece went through to get it to that finished state. I look at pieces I have done myself and it doesn’t even cross my own mind I must admit, and I was there!

I do love seeing other artist’s progress pictures as it gives you a greater appreciation of the many differing methods people use to build up an image.

While downloading a heap of photos off my phone, realised I’d taken some images as I worked on the painting I did of my son earlier in the year, and thought it might be interesting to revisit.

I recall that of these stages, I probably spent the most time on the black and white under-painting, with most of that time spent on my sons face. As you can see by the final image, there were still minor tweaks – most noticeably in the eyes – right up until the last minute.

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I also remember that it wasn’t until I added the red stripes on his t-shirt (probably the last element I painted) that the image really popped.

Tim Eden. Max Beneath Henley Jetty. 2014. Acrylic on canvas panel. 16″ x 20″
Tim Eden. Max Beneath Henley Jetty. 2014. Acrylic on canvas panel. 16″ x 20″

Very proud of this painting, and my son is pretty chuffed too.

Tim Eden

Tim Eden is an Adelaide based figurative artist who paints mainly in oil. The principle theme throughout Tim’s art focuses on our existence and shared connectedness within a universe of energy. Tim’s work has been described as thought provoking and emotive.

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