Painting Mr. Trudeau
I decided to use as a reference photo a shot from when he was here at the house to get his #SelfieWithElsie back in 2014. He had a nice bright smile and it was an unforgettable moment in our backyard being visited by the leader of a national party.
I followed my usual path when doing this 12" x 12" portrait, going from light colour values to darker. But it was only when I started adding the hair that the character really emerged from the canvas.
I could say with certainty, that the key to a portrait of me would not be my hair - I don't have enough for it to factor into anything. I'm guessing it would be my nose and my squint lines.
All I have to do is paint the sides of the canvas and this portrait of Justin Trudeau will be ready to pass along to its new owner.