Friday, November 30, 2012

1st Sketch, Elizabeth

This is the first quick sketch done this morning of my niece by marriage, Elizabeth.  She has this gorgeous flowing hair and a beautiful smile.  No, this does not look like her at all but it did help me to look more closely at her features before getting down to a more accurate, finished work. 

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Giving Thanks

Today and every day, I'm giving thanks for these hands that have loved and nourished me through childhood and adulthood.  For the family that shares the ties that bind.  For all of you that have shared this blog by viewing the work and your encouraging comments.  Thank you from the heart. :)

Monday, November 12, 2012


8 1/2" x 11"
Fabriano Aristico 300# Watercolor Paper

For the last few days I've been practicing painting portraits using Golden Open Acrylics.  I used a reference photo of a friend of mine at a family get together because she always has the sweetest expression. 

This looks like her yet it doesn't.  So this painting will sit for a few days while i keep looking as to what is throwing the resemblance off just a bit.  I think it is the shape of the forehead. 

Saturday, November 03, 2012

Peace Roses Study

Peace Roses 
300# Fabriano Aristico
9" x 13"

In an ongoing effort to learn to paint roses, I cut some Peace roses from the bush and placed them in a Mason jar, then took photos of them.  I've been painting all week trying to capture their shape and look.  I didn't like how the outer roses were looking and those two areas quckly became tired and overworked looking.  So I decided to use gesso on those two outer roses to bring back some whites.  I managed to "fog" the roses.because I didn't let the gesso thoroughly dry.  It is all a learning experience no matter the outcome.  I don't think of these paintings as failures but as doing the best I can at the time.