Underpainting The Fine Art of Paul Kiesche

December 22, 2011

Father and Son Portrait

Filed under: new work — Paul Kiesche @ 12:59 pm

I just completed a fine art portrait of a father and son. The image of the boy sitting on his father’s tractor with his dad close by is set against the peaceful background of a field on the family’s farm. This original oil painting is based on a combination of family photos taken years ago. I began with a sketch to establish composition, pose, style, scene and lighting. Then I created color studies to establish the mood of the painting. The final 18” x 24” portrait was painted with Artisan Oil Paints on stretched canvas. After framing, my client plans to give the portrait to his father as a Christmas gift! Be sure to post a comment below to let us know what you think.

Here is a image of the final painting.
fine art oil portrait of father and son and tractor

Here’s a detail of the painting for a closer look.
detail view of oil portrait

Below are the two original photos used for reference.

Here is the original sketch and color studies.
portrait sketch for painting

color studies for portrait painting


  1. I know both of the people in this painting. What a wonderful job! You are very talented.

    Comment by Michelle C. — January 10, 2012 @ 11:57 am

  2. Thanks Michelle! I appreciate the comment!

    Comment by Paul Kiesche — January 10, 2012 @ 2:21 pm

  3. Love the representation of your subjects!Like Michelle, I know and love both of them
    .This is destined to be a treasured family heirloom.

    Comment by Lori Bennett — January 10, 2012 @ 3:33 pm

  4. A splendid capturing! I can hear their voices now! Two incredible men with hearts full of love!

    Comment by Jill Ramsey — January 10, 2012 @ 9:09 pm

  5. Thanks so much Lori and Jill!

    Comment by Paul Kiesche — January 25, 2012 @ 2:32 pm

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