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Monday, December 31, 2012

"Shells" Oil Painting - Revisited

approx.  14 x 17"  Oil on Panel
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. 

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. 


Sunday, December 30, 2012

"Snowbound" Painting

16 x 20 Painting
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.


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.