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Monday, December 31, 2012

"Shells" Oil Painting - Revisited

"Shells"
approx.  14 x 17"  Oil on Panel
Available
 
One of the benefits of having a studio on Market Street is the amount of wall space I have.  I can put my work up and look at it at various stages. 

This painting was getting on my nerves after I saw it in the light of my new studio.  I could see lots of imperfections in the surface and the colors looked dull. 

The board I used to paint on wasn't masonite.  It was some other board I had cut at the Building Company to fit this non-standard frame.  Seemed like a fine idea at the time, but in retrospect, it was too crude.  The surface wasn't smooth enough; plus, it absorbed too much gesso and sucked up my paint. 

Before
 
So, I decided to sand off all of the blemishes and repaint everything except the shells.  I just boosted their highlights a little. The biggest change I made was to add interest to the background, using purples and teals, to make it more atmospheric. I think it looks better now.  There are still some bumps in the surface but the colors are more vibrant and the contrast is better. 

B

Sunday, December 30, 2012

"Snowbound" Painting


"Snowbound"
16 x 20 Painting
SOLD
 
I am very happy that " Snowbound" has found a new home.  It was the first painting I made with eye make-up so it is special to me.  Both warm and cool grays give it depth, and a sepia look.  I used water and brushes to apply the pigment on watercolor paper.  It was then matted and framed.  Completed size is 16 x 20. 
 
 
The other make-up painting I made also sold, so I now I am without any make-up paintings in my studio.  I am hoping to try my hand at it again after the new year.

B

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Value Comparison

 
I was closer than I expected on this one

Thought I'd try a new way of looking at my work-in-progress:  compare the painting to my reference in black and white. 

Still have some drawing problems to solve
 
I can see better where I have drawing issues, and as well as opportunities to deviate from my reference.

Don't know why I am procrastinating doing this one
 
I am going to push myself to finish all of these by the 15th.  Sometimes it helps to set a deadline. 
 
This one is fun.  I am looking forward to finishing it.
 
The first part of the basket I painted looks pretty good, so I am just going to go for it. 
 
Looks like a bad hair day, but I think I can make it work.
 
I was going to scrap this one, but now that I see it in black and white I think there are some elements which are working so I think I will try to salvage it.  
 
B