Sunday, January 29, 2012
I've been wanting to do a heron for a while but, I find them very intimidating. Thought I'd go ahead and try one anyway. I really enjoy going to the Birding Center on South Padre Island. Walking out into the marshes on the boardwalk have yielded me some great photos.Thanks for looking.
Monday, January 23, 2012
I still have a long way to go with this one but, it is coming along. It's interesting to take photos of how it changes as I tackle different areas of the painting. I sure hope the book I ordered on skin tones comes in before I'm ready to do the face. Figuring skin tones out has been a nightmare for me! Trying to mix up correct color combinations... Thanks for looking.
Sunday, January 22, 2012
When I told my sister I was going to paint this photo she only said one thing, "I'd better be skinny!". Lol! I love that my sister and niece allow me to use them as models. I also appreciate that they tolerate my "mad camera woman persona" when I'm on vacation and trying to get material for paintings. I'm continuing to explore painting the human figure one step or painting at a time. Thanks for looking. This painting is SOLD.
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Friday, January 13, 2012
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
So, here is my first attempt at portraiture. I now need to step away and think about the changes I need to make as I know it still has some issues to resolve. It was fun and frustrating as I made this attempt. I have a looonnnnngggg way to go and I hope to see improvement. It should be interesting to say the least! Thanks for stopping by.
Sunday, January 8, 2012
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Sunday, January 1, 2012
After I finish my latest beach painting, I'm thinking of trying some portraits this year. Now this is a really big endeavor on my part because I've never done a portrait in my life. A few months ago I read a book called the Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova. In it a painter obsesses about a woman in the past and paints her over and over. I thought that was a really cool idea. Take one person and do several portraits of them. Not only would it be challenging but, I thought it would be fun to try and capture an individual through painting over a period of time. I'm very excited and nervous about this project but, I think the fun will make up for the frustration I will incur. Wasn't it Andrew Wyeth who secretly and repeatedly painted his neighbor over a decade or so? Yes, I am one of those people who need an under- drawing or sketch before I can paint. I admire people who start with a blank canvas and create marvelous portraits as if from thin air but, unfortunately; that's not me. Thanks for looking! Happy New Year!