Monday, June 10, 2013

Portrait Finished and more of WIP

"Libby"
9" x 12"
oil on Raymar board

I couldn't resist painting from this photo.  I had those great outdoors colors on my palette from mixing and put them to good use.

More progress on "Cottonwood" 12" x 12" (WIP #2)

I changed the sky on WIP #1.  In Kansas, there aren't too many days of those kind of perfect blue of skies 
so I lightened it. I like the effect I got by lightly touching between the branches in a sort of negative space.
There is a darker blue left around the branches..it took the hard edge off the tree limbs in a lot of places, also allowed me to slim them down and I like it much better now. I may darken the midsky up to top some. Amazing what the color change of the sky does to the sunlight/highlight on the tree.


WIP #2 (today)


WIP #1 ( a few weeks ago)

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Painting My Favorite Person


Self Portrait - the Spikey Years
6" x 8" on Raymar canvasboard

Yesterday, I watched a YouTube video - several times to work on mixing colors in oil for portraiture with artist Brian Neher's tutorial.  I used his palette to paint this self-portrait from a photo I took
of myself in the days when I had short spikey hair - "the Spikey Years".
Fun to paint - not as frustrating when you have most of your colors mixed and ready to mix, value-wise.
These are just the little dribs I mixed, I later mixed larger amounts of certain colors.
Onward to paint another one, while paints are still wet and viable.