Sunday, July 31, 2011

Jody's Mom, In Progress 3

 A little more completed this afternoon.  

This is today's progress, getting the shape of the car and the other house in.  Lots to correct and paint yet.  I think I put in a bit too much detail in the white of the building and have to correct the lines of the awning.  What I find daunting is getting the face to look at least a bit like her face.

In one of the comments from a previous post, Linda asked if there were any tips I could share when drawing with a brush.  The major tip is to learn to draw/sketch with a pencil first.  The more sketching one does the more proficient one becomes.  It is major training for the eyes that teaches us to look at not only form, but line, shapes and values as well.  The other tip is that when drawing with paint I usually use very diluted paint and try not to use a staining color as as reds or pthalo's.  Hope that gives you some ideas, Linda.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Jody's Mom, In Progress

I began this half sheet watercolor this morning of a friend's mother, based on a photo she provided.   Jody wanted me to include the house as a backdrop because it meant so much to her mother and to her. 

I don't usually work from the bottom up but in this instance I wanted to begin with the figure first.  I think I need to use a magnifying glass to paint her face and glasses plus the details on her clothing.  

I still have the "Somewhere in Europe" and Peony paintings to finish but wanted to start this one.  I procrastinated beginning this painting as I am a bit intimidated in painting the architecture as well as getting a likeness on the figure, which is the most important part. 

Monday, July 25, 2011

Someplace in Europe, More Progress

Today's progress.  Still have some fiddly things to correct but getting closer to finished. Not much has been changed from the reference photo although I did add the foreground figure and dog.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Someplace in Europe, cont'd

I'm making some progress but actually it is one step forward and two steps back.  Still, I am enjoying playing with this painting, doing my best to straighten and align features.  Still so much to do. 

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Someplace in Europe

I've been working on this acrylic painting using a reference photo by Mr. Sandbanx from the Wet Canvas RIL.  It is painted for the year of painting (YOP) challenge at the Painting Friends forum.  I'm sure you can telll the painting is far from finished. 

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Mums WIP, Next Stage

I am still drawing with a paint brush.  I do a lot of starting and stopping on this painting as I have found it is so easy to confuse the petals and their shapes.  That is where "artistic license" often comes into play.  :)

Monday, July 04, 2011

Crepe Myrtle

Crepe Myrtle
5" x 7"
Acrylic on Board

The palette for this painting is Ultramarine Blue, Cerulean Blue, Burnt Sienna, Pyrrole Red, Cad. Yellow Primrose, Raw Sienna,(Golden), and Brilliant Yellow Green (Liquitex) .  The grays are more of a neutral gray sometimes leaning to blue, red-blue and green-blue.  My camera has intensified the bluish tint in the grays. 

Saturday, July 02, 2011

A Riot of Color

I've been wielding a palette knife and brush this morning.  This 7 3/4" x 12" is watercolor and acrylics on watercolor paper.  As you can see there isn't much of a focal point and when I did a grey scale the painting was mostly showing mid and dark values.  Still I like this just because I don't normally paint this colorful. 

Friday, July 01, 2011

Mums WIP, First Stage

I began this peony painting this morning on a half sheet (15"x22") Fabriano Aristico 140lb. paper.  I am doing my best to draw with the brush rather than pencil.  This one will take me awhile as I don't have much patience for petal by petal painting and have to walk away from it frequently.  Palette used for this initial layer is Prussian Blue, Deep Scarlet, Quin. Rose, Quin. Burnt Orange, New Gamboge, and Azo Yellow.