Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog. It's a journal of sorts. It gives me a place to show my work-in-progress for my painting and photography. Comments are welcome --- add one at the end of an entry or email me at BarbBlumer@gmail.com.

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Saturday, February 14, 2009

Honey Bear Label - Step 1

Consulted Dustin Boutwell about how to paint the label. He suggested I render the label first, let it dry, then pencil in the letters using fine graphite, which I can overpaint, then purchase some inexpensive tiny brushes. Use one for the lettering, and another to remove paint to create crisp edges. So, this is step one.

Friday, February 13, 2009

The Walker (Previously Purple Path)

Played around with this painting again today, trying to make it in to something. Not sure I improved it. Tried to soften it overall. I am struggling...

I expanded the scratching I did in the forest over the entire surface and

worked on refining the figures so they look like they are moving forward on the path and more natural.

Sometimes I like to review what I am doing in black and white to see if it a color issue or a value issue. Or a drawing issue or a composition issue.

Here's what it looked like before I began...


Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Travel Photography

Part of me would like to become an assignment photographer. It is fun to create photographs to tell a story. Here are a few images from my recent trip to Montreal where we stayed at the Hotel Gault. It's old on outside and chic on the inside.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Boots in Progress

Started this painting this morning and thought it would be interesting to make photographs after each session to see how it develops. Today I blocked in the shapes and created the color story. The masonite was toned in burnt umber ahead of time. I see many things I need to do, but I like the way it is going. Not sure what the title should be.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Steve's Honey Bear in Progress

Worked on Steve's 50th painting a little this morning and here's what I have to show. I'm realizing that it is going to be very difficult to paint the text on the label, so I have to do some research. That's a first for me. Dustin Boutwell is good at it, so I may consult him.

Thanks to those who made suggestions for what to put on the label. It's going to have to be simple, so it may end up being Birthday Honey or Steve's Honey as a heading and some scribbles below to indicate other text.