Commissioned Paintings 
From Old Photographs

Created by Mary Crittenden


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Mary’s 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 she’s 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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Schoolhouse

Schoolhouse

Oil on Canvas 36" x 24"

 

In 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 clothes.  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.



1908

1908

Oil on Canvas 28" x 22"


Girls at Lunch

Girls at Lunch

Oil on Canvas 16" x 19"
$1750


Man and Wife

Man and Wife

Oil on Canvas 30" x 40"


Lady and Horse

Lady and Horse


Hilda

Hilda and Sis

Oil on Canvas  30" x 40"


JL

JL

Oil on Canvas  30" x 36"


Garage

Garage

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.


Girl at Depot

Girl at Depot

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 it’s windows and posters.


Information on Paintings Created
From Old Photos


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