On becoming a painting: Lincoln

The visual story of the creation of a 40" x 50" portrait of Lincoln

Started with 40" x 50" stretched canvas--added yellow for colored ground

Started with 40" x 50" stretched canvas--added yellow for colored ground

A very rough sketch just to get oriented

A very rough sketch just to get oriented

the nose steers the proportions of the face--I begin with the left nostril

the nose steers the proportions of the face--I begin with the left nostril

the left eye emerges and looks like a glowing green orb

the left eye emerges and looks like a glowing green orb