Thursday, July 26, 2007
I have decided to title this one "Road Trip" and consider this the final version. I am pleased in that the eyes are better than any I have done, as well as I didn't age her as is very easy to do when painting portraits of babies. There will be much learned while doing this that I will apply to future portraits, all of which should make them easier to do.
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Today I did the third skin wash and added some hair (though she doesn't have much in real life, I needed to show what she does have!) and worked on her eyes. I need to do the entire background and detail her hand a bit more, lift a few highlights here and there and then I might be done. I love her inquisitive brows.
I see a few things I will watch out for in my next portrait, but I also see some growth in my skills after working on this one. Live and learn, but appreciate any growth!
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Roxy is the desert tortoise pet of Destiny's. Destiny and everyone thought Roxy had died under some shrubbery because she (who knew she was a she?) had not been seen for so many months. She came out of hibernation this week so seems to be okay, hungry, but okay. They sent this photo and it just begged to be painted. This will be coming to a notecard near you soon!
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
As I said last week, my step-grand-girls came over to paint with me, we had such a fun day together! These are two of their paintings. Kennan is a fan of Marilyn Monroe and chose to paint a collage of some things Marilyn, I think she did a great job of a difficult project to do...a portrait. The White Tiger is by Destiny, who sat down and competently did a line drawing and then just jumped in with a brush in one hand and a sponge in the other and did the painting. Cool work, huh?
Sunday, July 15, 2007
Friday, July 13, 2007
This is a work-in-progress I have submitted for critique/help to the WcW. I see things in the photo that were not evident when I was working on the painting so I will make those changes and see if anyone in the group sees anything else to do with this. It sure helps to have those extra sets of eyes to see things.
Thursday, July 12, 2007
While enjoying a painting session with my "step-grand girls" yesterday (ages 11 and 15) we started playing with some Yupo. I was mainly just showing them how to drop the color in and let it do its thing. Instead of brushing water on the Yupo to dampen it prior to painting, I just spritzed on a fine mist to cover the paper. I found out that if you just touch the pigment to one of these drops, the paint will "travel" to the others, but leave white spaces in between, much like lacy flowers. How cool! I did this originally in portrait mode and then, just for the fun of it, turned it 45-degrees and discovered some "accidental" pots, looking like they were sitting in front of, and containing, flowers. So, this orientation it will be. I love that lacy look of the flowers, this Yupo is truly weird by wonderful! I will take it to my watercolor group this afternoon and decide if I need to refine any of this, but I sorta like the free-form look of it so may leave it alone. Any thoughts?
Saturday, July 07, 2007
Wednesday, July 04, 2007
This is a panorama I shot of, and stitched together of about seven photos of the Blue Ridge Parkway. I am hoping it is visible at this size, but it is a huge file to make any larger. This is a beautiful drive but is even more impressive when it isn't cloudy as it was when we were there.
I am saying this is the final version of this painting, but will await word from the WcW online critique group before spraying it with Krylon. I could not have gotten that bridge any more in the center of the painting if I had tried! There are lots of details to think of BEFORE committing pencil to paper for the drawing and I rarely think of EVERY one. I will just have to accept this broken composition "rule" once again and say I planned it to be in the center! Yeah, that's it.
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
Monday, July 02, 2007
This is another attempt at painting on Yupo "paper", it is 26x22 in size and is still at the work in progress stage. I need to add the red footbridge that goes along the back side of the pond and do quite a bit more foliage detailing to get it right. So far, so good, though. One of the WcW members with an eagle eye for missed details noticed that two branches formed an X over the background vertical stump, so I will change that. It is invaluable to have critiques along the way!
Hopefully, more to follow.