Posted on the Daily Paintworks fruit challenge.
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Sunday, April 19, 2015
Sunday, December 7, 2014
Monday, November 24, 2014
Have been working all month on a portrait of my oldest granddaughter. It's 24 by 36 so lifesize. This isn't the best photo of it, but I'll post this for now and replace it after I get a better one I plan to take in daylight. It's been really hard to photograph it without getting a lot of glare in the dark background even though it is not glazed and the finish is matte.
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Sunday, September 28, 2014
Have been working mostly on the background and trying to decide how much detail to put into that brick. Don't want to overshadow Dakota, but she does look nice against a red background. Haven't done any more work on the dog, will leave that til after get most of the background the way I want it.
Friday, September 19, 2014
Monday, September 15, 2014
Below is the sketch on canvas for the painting of Dakota, transferred using a grid from a favorite photo provided by her owner. Sadly, this beautiful dog passed away several weeks ago, so I'll do the best I can to make this painting a lovely reminder. I sketched the eyes with more detail than I usually would because they were difficult to make out in the photo and I did what I could with Photoshop to clarify them and bring out some detail. Hopefully I haven't had to guess too much.
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Laura taught us how to paint red glass! This is definitely a challenge. I have a nice red ruby glass vase, pretty much identical to the one that Laura used for her demo. Added a pear just to have something else in there, and because of where I was standing, my composition isn't that great. But I was pretty happy with the way the glass came out.
Am down in New Harmony, Indiana taking a workshop from Laura Robb in still life painting. This is the first painting done on the first day of the workshop.
Laura really emphasized focusing on shapes and value. This was a departure for me, because I have a tendency to sketch everything in first, at least a little bit, on the canvas before I paint. Instead, we measured out a box on the canvas that would contain the focal point and blocked in the dark's first, then the lights, and then began to model the forms from there. I gave it a shot, and was pretty happy with the results.
Saturday, December 14, 2013
Sunday, December 8, 2013
Saturday, November 23, 2013
Thursday, October 31, 2013
This beautiful lady poses for a portrait painting/drawing group I attend and she wears the most wonderful head pieces and dresses. She also does fantastic hair arrangements. I'm hoping to do a series of paintings. I am able to get a good start from life, but since she usually holds one pose for about an hour, an hour and a half tops, I take a photo to finish up from. This one is 9 by 12, painted on board primed with gesso.
This 8 by 10 oil on linen was finished today and painted from a reference photo provided by photographer Lee A. Brown. Lee posts one of his beautiful photos monthly as a painting challenge and then posts the paintings that we email to him in a photo gallery on his website. Check them out at leeabrownphotography.com.
Getting back to fruit, I did this mostly with a palette knife with a few touch ups with a brush. This was purely practice as I have almost no experience with a palette knife, but have loved the look in other people's paintings. It was fun, sort of a cross between finger painting and frosting a cake - yes, I used my fingers too sometimes. Since I knew I was going to do that, I avoided cadmium yellows and used non-cadmium versions. Permanent yellows light and deep from Holbein and radiant lemon from Gamblin. Also think I have permanent orange from Holbein in there. I do have some cadmium reds and yellow light as well as cobalt blue. No fingers then unless I use gloves which I get by the box from the beauty supply shop.