From Old Photographs
Created by Mary Crittenden
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Marys Approach to Paintings Created from Old Photos
Mary works from copies of photographs in
different sizes using a magnifier, she studies the subjects and
begins sketching out the fine details on paper on her approach
to painting the portrait. Mary then sends a sketch to the
client for approval. She likes to have as much information
as possible about the photograph shes painting before she begins
the portrait. A photograph is taken of the portrait when completed
and sent to the client for final approval; At this time the finishing
touches are made the art is then signed and delivered.
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this portrait painting from an old photo Mary tone the canvas with a warm
orange color and decided to use earthly colors and impressionist colors to
bring the painting life allowing the toned canvas to accent the painting.
She also removed some things in the photo that didnít add to
telling the story such as in the rest of the schoolhouse, extra folds in the
The story is about the children their clothing, their pose, the one
boy in the center says that the older boys were most likely working planting
ranching and couldnít come to school at this time, and the small one room
school they attended.
Oil on Canvas 28" x 22"
Oil on Canvas 16" x 19"
Oil on Canvas 30" x 40"
Oil on Canvas 30" x 40"
Oil on Canvas 30" x 36"
Oil on Canvas 22" x 28"
Mary's love for a past era seen in old black and
white photographs has inspired many of her paintings. Expressive
brushstrokes of a warm color palette were used in this painting.
Oil on Canvas
Mary took a part of an old black and white picture, removed some of the people and children
and decided to put just one of the girls all by herself at a train depot. Her face and the expression on her face had a
beauty that appeared to tell a story. Mary used a palette knife to paint the shadows in the depot and the foreground to
bring interest into the rest of the painting; the people waiting in the shadows and the depot with its windows and posters.
Information on Paintings Created
From Old Photos
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