Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Misty Almost Finished

With a lot of critiques by members of Wet Canvas' Acrylics and Portraiture Forum I am finally becoming more pleased with this painting. There is still work to do on the hair and maybe some other slight adjustments. But right now, I'm tickled that I stuck with this and learned so much.

The photo was taken under warm/cool fluorescent lights at night.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Another Misty Update

This is one overworked painting. I used alcohol on the face this morning to wipe off a lot of the paint then began again. The structure is better and tomorrow I will work more on the hair and look again at the shadows. I'm ready to go on to another subject though or a different medium :).

Friday, October 26, 2007

Misty Update

The shape of her face is still off. Her left cheek needs some reflected light and shaped a bit differently. Ater I took this photo, I added some darks below the upper lip and in the corners of her mouth. I am going to start another painting of Misty but this time in oils to see if I can work the paint more effectively.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Misty, WIP Update

I'm not showing a photo of where the painting stands at this time because it would frightened anyone to view it. Her hairline has receded giving the painting a rather ghoulish look. I've struggled with this painting but it is a successful venture thus far from my viewpoint. By spending hours mixing paint, painting and repainting areas, shaping and reshaping the parts of the face, is helping me become very familiar with the face. That learning may not show in this painting of Misty but I know it will in future paintings. As I sit here looking at the painting, I see distinct possibilities for a successful outcome of this painting. Hopefully, after errands and obligations are finished there will be time to paint!

Monday, October 22, 2007

Misty, What Went Wrong?

In looking at the painting this morning, my main question is, "where are the shapes and dimensions off?" So I put the photo of the painting in Paint and drew lines. Even my lines are off a little. The eyes should rest approximately half way between the top of the head and chin, the edge of the nostrils end at the beginning of the tear ducts. The edges of the mouth line up with the pupils.

I could have saved myself a lot of time by making sure the dimensions were correct before adding paint. By winging it though, this is a lesson I will remember for future portraits. Now I will restructure the face and hopefully get a closer likeness of Misty. I know she would appreciate that too!

Happy Belated 25th Birthday Misty!

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Misty, WIP

Here is where the painting of Misty stands right now. The photo isn't that great. More work on it tomorrow. Have to correct the chin and widen the mouth.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Misty Work In Progress

10-19-07 End of the day photo taken under fluorescent lights with a glare. Tomorrow will be working on the nose, mouth area and the hair.

10-19-07 Here is a progress photo of Misty. I think I now have the angle of the eyes correct. It really helps to turn the painting upside down and paint shapes rather than subject. The eyes are not finished but at least I don't feel like two dark orbs are staring at me. Gave me a very spooking feeling. When painting the nose and mouth the painting will again be rotated to get a more accurate placement and shape. My apologies for the photos. My camera is definitely not taking good photos. This photo was taken outside then darkened to show the values more accurately.

I am using a mix of Liquitex, Golden and Stephen Quiller artist quality acrylics. Cobalt Blue, Primary Cyan, Hookers Green, Burnt Sienna, Yellow Ochre, Dioxazine Purple, Permanent Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Red Light plus gesso.

Between the camera and the monitor it is hard to get an accurate photo. This sketch of my granddaughter, who will be 24 this month, is charcoal on a pale yellow ochre underpainting, 16" x 20" stretched canvas. On my monitor it looks red with hints of yellow and blue. The sketch looks somewhat like her and will correct as I go in with the underpainting. It was done from a composite of three photos.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Busy Saturday

The photo is of crepe myrtle I cut from the bush in the front yard. I have brightened and upped the contrast a bit on the photo. The sun was shining through the kitchen window onto the counter and I thought the crepe myrtle with the light going through the vase and water was lovely. Maybe one day soon I will try painting this photo.

Today has been a busy day in front of the computer with just a little painting. I started the acrylic version of the photo reference from the Wet Canvas Difference Strokes project. The photo can be viewed here. I'm changing the painting a bit from the photo but won't post it until the 20th of October when it can be posted in the Acrylics Forum too.

Most of the day was spent learning a new program for publishing newsletters. Beginning in January, I will be setting up the ANA (Artists of Northwest Arkansas) newsletter each month. So decided I had better learn the program and practice setting up the graphics and texts. It is a great little program called Publish It offered by Poster Software.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Watercolor Landscape

10-14-07 I reworked the painting, adding more darks to create contrast, lifted lights and added a few more rocks. I like it much better. The one thing I wish I could control is that to get the reds in ground means the sky goes more purple than it is. Now to seal the canvas so the watercolor won't run.

I reworked the trees on the right side of the painting a bit more as well as some of the foreground. This image is scanned rather than using the digital camera and is closer to what the painting actually looks like.

This has been a fun experience, painting with watercolors on canvas. The colors lift pretty well I had a little trouble glazing color and found it is better to lay down the value one wants on the first go when possible. I often think I am heavyhanded with a brush and touch the canvas too firmly and therefore, move the color instead of layering color. On my screen it looks a bit brighter red than it is in real life but the colors on the actual painting are really beautiful.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Watercolor Canvas

My first experience painting on watercolor canvas. This is a 12" x 9" size with the first layers of paint. My reference is from the Different Strokes monthly project in the Acrylics Forum at Wet Canvas. I thought I would try this first in watercolor so I could experiment with this canvas.

I love the way the paint just flows on and how the paint lifts easily to create lighter areas. Definitely will purchase more of the canvas but unstretched for easier matting and framing under glass.

Also, the purplish looking areas that show on my screen are really a neutral gray gravelly area. This monitor sure likes the red tones.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Computer Withdrawal

After having had a computer so accessible for so many years, I found out this past week what it was like to be without one as mine had problems and couldn't boot up. It shows how much a part of one's daily life a computer has become. I also discovered how necessary it is to back up the important information and having it in a paper file.

In many ways it was an opportunity as I rearranged my studio and spent time with my family. I didn't get any painting done though but plan on changing that this week. Painting is also a necessity to my well being. I can go a few days without painting then find that my fingers begin to feel the need to hold a paint brush while my mind is busily looking at what is around me. Noting colors, shapes, shadows, trying to mix the colors in my mind that I see.