Painting Almeida Júnior’s Saudade in Miniature Part III

miniature painting of Almeida Junior's Saudade

This is the last step-by-step blog I’ll be posting of the painting process on my commission of Junior’s “Saudade”, as now I’m just tweaking areas and painting in the final few details, and there are no longer drastic enough changes to show. So it won’t be long and this fun painting journey will come to an end, and I must admit that I feel a bit of “Saudade” about it, for I have really enjoyed painting it!

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Painting Saudade pronounced, souˈdädə or even easier . . . “Sal daa daa” made an impression on me as soon as I looked it up and saw it when asked if I would paint it as a commission. Immediately enraptured, I said I would be delighted to do so and have really enjoyed the entire process.

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Shown above is a close up detailed section of rivets or something attached to the front of the piece of furniture. They were painted by painting a darker colored semicircle at the bottom of each little bead and carefully placing a highlight towards the top of each one. The ones above this design were painted the same way.

Shown below is a close up detailed section of the letter she’s holding. Although the words can’t be read, (they can’t in the original either), I was careful to paint the dark stipples in the same shape, style, and spacing as in the original to make it look right.

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The most difficult part, just as I suspected has been painting in the teeny tiny face, and the hands, which I’m still working on. I’ve decided to leave painting the wee tears on her nose until the very end, as the icing on the cake, so to speak. Now, it’s just a process of looking very, very closely at it to make sure I have it as close to the original as possible, making necessary little subtle tweaks here and there.

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I took this photo to show how we store our miniatures when we’re not painting on them or while they’re waiting to be framed. We seal them up in a ziplock storage bag to keep them completely safe. So next week I’ll share the finished painting with you. I hope you’ve enjoyed following along in this painting process with me!

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~  See our miniature paintings this week  ~

Making Their Mark: American Women Artists (ONLINE ONLY)
May 23 – August 23, 2020: Booth Western Art Museum, Cartersville, GA

The Art of the Miniature XVIII (ONLINE AND BY APPOINTMENT ONLY)
May 3 – June 14, 2020: Snow Goose Gallery, Bethlehem, PA

15th Masterpieces in Miniature   May 2 – 30, 2020: Picture This Gallery, Alberta, Canada – One painting has sold and the other three will remain on display for a limited time.


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~ Rachelle

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