Tuesday, May 8, 2012

What's on my easel

Well, it doesn't look like much yet. But I'm hoping this will be my entry in the DPW Shadows Challenge. It's a simple composition on a 6 x 6 panel, but this is all I have time for this week. I couldn't let a challenge on shadows pass me by!  

I haven't been working on any long term projects. I'm loving painting alla prima. If it isn't done on the second day, I scrap it or wipe it. So I don't have anything on my easel for that long. I do like seeing what everyone is working on though. And seeing the "in progress" version is interesting.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

What's on my easel

I just started this today.  My husband Scott doodling around in the garden.  I started this painting in pastels about a year ago and just could not make it work.  The colors got muddy and I used up all the tooth in the paper right away.  I love what others can do with pastels, but for me, nothing beats the great saturation of colors you get with oils.  Having started over, I'm excited about it again.  The blue flower pot he's holding there is underpainted - it'll be terra cotta when this painting grows up.

What's on my easel...still my Dad's portrait!

Is my Dad's portrait.  I have made progress and have implemented many of the suggestions from the HHG critique blog.  I still have some work to do on the child's hair where it meets my Dad's arm and background as well as the knee the child is sitting on and some tweaking...other than that I am pleased.  here is a picture of the painting and a close up of the face.  I used Chris Saper's newest book "Classic Portrait Painting in Oils' to help me with the wrinkles on my Dad's face.

Critiques still welcome!