Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Lilac Whispers-Portraits-Finish

Double Portrait Work In Progress
Whispered secrets in the shade of a lilac garden. 
The Completion
Last Wednesday, (4-9-14) , I had completed session #3. I'll pick up from there.

Session #4


I continued with the oil straight from the tube, but applied thinly with a scrubbing motion to fade or blend. I was adding more lights trying to come close to the value I needed. There appears to be a blue cast to this shot. No doubt due to the lighting or the camera.....couldn't possibly be the fault of me, the cameraman!! :lol:
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Session #5

I'm using stiff filbert brushes to apply the straight oil paint. Softer brushes for features, using slightly thinned paint. I keep building and adjusting value and color. At this point, I have tried to keep all edges soft until the last step.
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Ta-Daaaa- Done!
Here's when I decide where to place the emphasis (highest contrast-hardest edges). Like the sun on the faces and select strands of hair, etc. Some strokes are pretty thick in the lighter areas. This adds texture and interest to the surface.
There are many soft edges in the features in this piece, due to the shade.

There comes a point where I lay the brush down and say, "Done".
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Close Up

Close Up
Well there it is!

My sister in law picked it up and was happy with it. She cried...and not because of the price (I wanted to do it for free). The client's reaction is my greatest pay.
Hope you enjoyed my venture. Thanks for coming along.

John 7:12        While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.


Saturday, April 12, 2014

Sun Fun-Little Girl Figurative

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Acrylic on 7x5 canvas panel.

This is my contribution to this week's WDE at Wet Canvas. Marianne was the gracious host this week who provided a bunch of great photos! This is her daughter making memories in a field of flowers. Oh to be young again!
Her challenge was to use negative painting (painting around the object). For more information about this technique, check out artist Linda Kemp.
Along with the acrylics, I used just a slight touch of ink from a uniPin and an even slighter touch of colored pencil for the features.
Make sure you check back...the finish of the double child portrait from Wednesday will be posted soon.


John 17:1      “Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Lilac Whispers-Portraits

Double Portrait Work In Progress
Whispered secrets in the shade of a lilac garden.
                                 

These cute kids are my sister-in-law's two grandchildren.The older one has already graduated college. She's been after me to do a painting for a while, so here goes. .
This is oil on an 18 x 24 stretched canvas. A bit unusual for me since I have worked almost exclusively on small 5x7 canvas panels for the past six years or so.
I remembered to take more snaps along the way than I usually do.

Session #1
First I worked from a grid. Because this is larger than I'm used to, plus it's a double portrait. Had to be as accurate as possible right from the start. After it was drawn, I used a sharpie on the important lines I didn't want to lose...kinda like a road map.
I tinted the entire canvas with thin alizarin acrylic to establish a warm mid value. This makes it much easier to judge your first darks and lights.Then I laid in the darks.
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Session #2 
Now I started to state the darks with thin oil. Mainly pthalo blue and alizarin crimson.
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Session #3
 At this point, I began to feel out some color blends and values. Straight from the tube but applied rather thinly with a scrubbing motion.
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Close up of session #3
I spent more time in developing the faces than anywhere else at first. I knew if it didn't work there, I would have to start all over.

Next post on these kids coming soon..... probably will include the finish. Make sure you come back! More to come!

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Two Cute-Chihuahuas

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Oil on 5x7 canvas panel.

This is my contribution to this week's WDE at Wet Canvas. Kathy was the gracious host this week and provided a bunch of great photos!

These two chihuahuas are too cute....and I believe they know it!

This time I toned the support with a thinned mixture of acrylic purple ( aliz crimson + ult blue) as a complement to the subject. Much of it remains visible, especially in the upper right.
This piece runs the range between super thin to very heavy paint in select places.

C&C welcome. Thanks for checking me out and taking the time to leave a comment!


Matthew 27:23      And the governor said, Why, what evil hath he done? But they cried out the more, saying, Let him be crucified.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Angelic-Little Girl Portrait

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Oil on 5x7 canvas panel.

This is my contribution to this week's WDE at Wet Canvas. Kay was the gracious host this week and provided a bunch of great photos! The little girl is Lillian. Kay's SIL's granddaughter.

 I'm glad I was able to put my brakes on and stop early in this piece. I managed to retain the sketchiness I like so well. After the painting was done, I even went back into it with a brush to accentuate the sketchiness. The background is the acrylic that tones the panel.

C&C Welcome. Thanks for taking a peek and commenting!


James 1:13       Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Shady Characters-Lady With Dogs

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Oil on 5x7 canvas panel.

This is my contribution to this week's WDE at Wet Canvas. Bonnie was the gracious host this week and provided a bunch of great photos!

 I liked these three trying to avoid the paparazzi by wearing those cool sun glasses.... !

For this one, I just painted along and let the painting let me know what it needed. I maybe should have quit a bit sooner.

I just had fun and let the paint fly.

C&C welcome. Thanks for visiting and taking the time to comment!

Psalm 16:8      I have set the Lord always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.
9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

How Now-Brown Cow

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 Oil on 5x7 canvas panel.

This is my contribution to this week's WDE at Wet Canvas. Scatty was the gracious host this week and provided a bunch of great photos! Thank you, Scatty!

 How now brown cow? I didn't know exactly how I wanted to paint this beautiful bovine. So I tried to make the lighting more interesting. It's always a challenge for me whenever I try to change the lighting in a photo. I think the mouth was open as it chewed the hay ( couldn't exactly tell from the photo). So for simplicity, I gave it some manners and closed the mouth. :lol:

C&C welcome. Thanks for looking and commenting!


John 8: 31        Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;
32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

Saturday, March 08, 2014

Looking For Spring-Goats

Demo
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 The Drawing
First I drew the kids on the canvas panel. I went over some important lines using a Sharpie. Then I toned it using thinned acrylic alizarin crimson.
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  1st Hr.
 Working from the mid value toned support, it was easier to judge my lights and darks. I tried to keep the paint thick in the lighter colors for interest. I had a lot of fun with this one!
Hope you all like it!
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 Oil on 5x7 canvas panel.

This is my contribution to this week's WDE at Wet Canvas. Oty was the gracious host this week and provided a bunch of great photos! Thank you, Oty

 It's snowing again here tonight, so I'm sure looking for Spring. It seems that these kids are intently looking for something too....Spring, maybe??


C&C welcome. Thanks for looking and commenting!

John 17: 9      I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine.

Saturday, March 01, 2014

Smooth Talker-Scarlet Macaw

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Oil on 7x5 canvas panel.

This is my contribution to this week's WDE at Wet Canvas. Marilou was the gracious host this week and provided a bunch of great photos! Thank you, Marilou!

 The Scarlet Macaw...I really like these birds because of the attitudes they display. Looks as if this one is about to tell a joke....hope it's clean...maybe you should cover your ears! :lol:
Once again some painting knife was used in this one. Plenty of texture.

Oil on a 7x5 canvas panel.

C&C welcome. Thank you for taking the time to look and leave a comment! Always appreciated!


John 15:10        If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

The Picker-Banjo-Figurative

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 Notan
Oil on 7x5 canvas panel.

This is my contribution to this week's WDE at Wet Canvas. Ros did the honor of hosting this week and provided a bunch of great photos!

 Musicians seem to be good subjects. Studious, concentrating, the goal of producing audio art! That's the attitude I usually look for.


The challenge was to do a value sketch (notan)in three tones – black, grey and white.
Simplify - do a very simple line shape sketch.
Squint - Reduce the shapes to as few as possible.
Small - Work small and fast – if your sketch is too complex do another more simplified.

I tried the notan approach and I can see how it would be very beneficial. Like many others I've always been in a hurry to start slappin' paint on. This forces you to slow down and plan. I didn't follow my notan very closely, but, hey...I'm new to it!

I did the sketch on the panel with a Tombow Pen. It did some nice blurring and backwashing when I applied thin acrylics to tone the support ( it's not waterproof like I thought it was). So I left some of it visible in the finished work.
This is about 90% painting knife.

C&C welcome. Thanks for looking and commenting!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Counting Sheep-Wolf

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Acrylic on 5x7 canvas panel.

This is my contribution to this week's WDE at Wet Canvas. Lin graciously hosted this week and provided a bunch of great photos!  Lin issued the challenge to include one of the favorite things you love to do in recognition of Valentine's Day.
The sleeping wolf reminded me of one of my newest favorite things...sleeping .

I had found some super examples of flowing active colors on the net. He was using watercolor. I tried to emulate the style in acrylic on canvas panel...and I didn't come too close to what was in my mind's eye.

This is acrylic on a 5x7 canvas panel. The acrylics were applied thinly to encourage colorful blending. I think the controlling part of my mind stepped in.  Still, there are some things I think were successful.

C&C welcome. Thanks for looking and commenting!


John 14:27      Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
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