This is the Bryan family from Michigan. I have been working on this portrait for a year and a half. First I spent a full afternoon having them do several poses to get things right. Once I got that done, I had to choose the canvas size. This portrait is 30″x36″. After I started the painting I wished I had chosen a much larger canvas because with six individuals they were each pretty small and it was hard to paint such small faces.
You will notice that the light came from glass doors on the right. Their faces are very light on that side, and the colors on the clothes show up well. You might notice that Mrs. Bryan’s left side blends in with the chair. The shadow side is not discernible.
Their family is a very upbeat, cheerful group, so I tried to portray their personalities. I hope they’ll consider this a family heirloom.