Sunday, October 21, 2018

Darker, Then Lighter

Once the green tiles dry, I'll bring some lighter tones back in, especially on the right side. There are large skylights in the room, and they create slanting reflections on the glossy tiles.

Waiting At Le Diplomate, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)



Saturday, October 20, 2018

One More For The Evening

Back to the wigs.

Wigs And Shades, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

Making Up For Lost Time

I spent so much time out of the house last week that not a lot got done, so I'm trying to do some painting today.

Finding A Shell, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
Ieva, America Series, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

Gotta Work On That Likeness

It's hard to get a resemblance, or it is for me, at least. Being off on a feature measurement by a millimeter or two really changes your perception of the model. So there's more to do on this one. But I'm establishing the various grey tones on the window frames and the curtains.

The Promise Of Evening, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

Friday, October 19, 2018

Completed: America Series, Eddie and Jeff

I'm not entirely sure that the corner of Jeff's smile (he's on the right) is correct, but otherwise this painting is done. Of course, once all of the figures are finished, I'm going to go back in and mix up a big batch of background color, then paint all of the backgrounds at once. So those misplaced markings to the right of Jeff will be covered up.

Eddie And Jeff, America Series, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

Now I can start another new piece!

Trying Out Color

I'm still trying to get my feet back on the ground after yesterday's overload of beauty. A full day of exposure to golden sunlight and 9 different art venues out in the country made it almost impossible to get to sleep last night. I felt like I was radiating all the light and energy I'd internalized like a rechargeable battery.

Anyway, I do like the way this painting is starting to shape up. I'm mixing the greys using Cobalt Blue and Cad Orange with Titanium; we'll see if that mixture holds up in the long run.

The Promise Of Evening, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

Thursday, October 18, 2018

A Ramble In The Country, Part 2

So I met a friend at the Metro, and we shrugged off our political news angst and headed for the country. The fall color is not there yet, despite the fact that it's well into October, but we got a few decent reference photos and visited A LOT of art spaces.

I'll have to check what's on my other camera, but this appears to be the money shot right here:





The day couldn't have been more beautiful. Tomorrow: back to work.

Gazing Out The Window

I got a little more done on this last night, mostly blocking in face and hair. It'll start to shape up soon.

The Promise Of Evening, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Surprise! I Completed Something

This is actually finished! I thought I had messed it up yesterday, but when I took a look at it later it seemed fine, and after a few more minutes today, nothing more needed to be done.

Morning Light, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
Now I can start something new— especially since I picked up several stretcher bars at the art supply store a couple of hours ago.
Meanwhile, I floated some orange wash over this one:
The Promise Of Evening, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

Don't worry, it'll be fine.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Party Colors

Today's work:

Wigs And Shades, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

Monday, October 15, 2018

An Attempt To Get It Right

Originally, I created this image through the use of three layers in Photoshop: a basic background layer with the main image; a separate layer for the view of the marshland through the window; and then another layer of the main image on top. So when I pencilled in the vertical lines to establish the window frame at the top, I dimmed the two lower layers and used the measurements on the top layer. The next time I got back to it, I used the lower layer, not realizing my mistake; the measurements are offset from the top layer by nearly an inch. Things didn't line up. After figuring out what was wrong, I let it dry and have now gone back and drawn the window frame lines correctly. Have also blocked in a few areas.

The Promise of Evening, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

Weekend Work, And A Little Self-Indulgence

I worked sporadically from Friday through Sunday and then a little this morning. It's a new week, and though I look forward to the ones where I don't have to leave the house and can just concentrate on painting, this is not going to be one of those weeks. But I'll fit as much work in as possible.

Over the weekend I managed to mess up the measurements on the new painting, so I've had to let it dry before going back in and correcting it. I did some more on the wigs painting, and indulged myself by starting a new little cat portrait— I'm doing a bunch of these as a goofy sort of project; a wall of cat mug shots, so to speak. But here's this morning's work:

Waiting At Le Diplomate, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
Each of the tiles is slightly different in color, and there's the added trick of the light coming from the skylights above. So there's some variation. But I like the way it's going so far, and have been using a little gel medium to glaze the green colors.
Here's the new painting in progress:
The Promise of Evening, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
And the latest on the wigs:
Wigs And Shades, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
Last but not least, my little cat painting:
Grey Tabby, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)



Thursday, October 11, 2018

I Worked All Day And All I Got Was This Lousy Grid

Well, it's not really bad; in fact, I have hopes that this will end up being a really beautiful painting. But it did take hours. And there's a lot more pencil work to do (actually, pastel pencil) before i can get to the fun stuff.

I've been struggling lately with trying to finish the 5 or 6 pieces in the works right now or start one of the new ideas that have been nagging at me like a half-remembered dream.

The Promise of Evening, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)