This was a project that involved following someone around for a day and photographing them, using the photographs as a basis for 4 paintings. I hung out with a couple luthiers; here is the process of one of the 4 paintings.
I started with a black and white study, then a color study. These are both pretty small, like 2.5 X 4". The third one down is a larger version, maybe 8 X 10.
And here's the final painting below. 12 X 16 acrylic on board.
Working with blue as the base color, I tried to push it as far as I
could toward "shapes" without it becoming completely abstract.
If you click it, it will big.