Saturday, September 06, 2014

Splash IV Workshop Paintings, Day 1 and Day 2

 The first photo shows my painting of a street in Lewistown, MT.  Wyna from Painting Friends did a demo of the photo she provided and we followed as best we could.  The first photo shows I didn't get a lot painted during Splash. 

This next photo shows how much more was completed after I arrived home.  That is really a two way street but I made it a one-way because I couldn't get my vehicles to look right.  Have to do these things on the fly to make it work, yes?

We also practiced figures.  Note the horizon line drawn across the paper and how the eyes are level with the horizon line

This photo of the child shows how the painting looked when I left Splash.  I was so unhappy with it.   I'm not sure where the reference photo came from.  It was provided by our demonstrator, Stephie, who did a terrific job painting this little girl. 

These next two photos, taken today, are actually the same photo except the second one has been adjusted using Photoshop.  I was so unhappy with the little girl's skin that I wet down her face and lifted/blended where I could.  It isn't a lot better but there are less hard edges which helps to keep her age to child level. 

This pear painting was done after watching a Jacqueline Gnott video. I didn't go as dark or black in the background on this one but do want to try a painting that has that dark drama she is so good at creating.

I also caught a cold this week so have been sketching a bit.  I've been practicing holding the pencil a certain way, drawing thick and thin lines as well as drawing circles.  The object is to practice holding the pencil a certain way until it becomes an unconscious habit.  The first guy is just a figment of my imagination while the second figure is my attempt at drawing Tom Colicchio of Top Chef.  I will use him again as a reference because he has an interesting face.  
 That has been my week of painting and sketching.  I have an old man, a floral and an animal still to paint from the week at Splash.   Hope you will stay tuned.

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