Thursday, May 24, 2018

This Will Have Ducks, Part 2

I've still been plagued with insecurity, so have just taken some time off. But then a couple of paintings started beckoning to me ("Finish me!" "Don't you want to work on this foamy sea water?") so after running around doing errands this morning, I got back to two pieces.

This one went remarkably well— the softness that I'd been looking for in the cloud edges finally came about. Not much left to do! The ducks and their watery trails, a bit of softening on the trees, a little ripply detail in the foreground, and that should do it.

Learned Pond, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
Moved on to this:

Finding A Shell, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
Believe it or not, I lightened up most of the purple. The garments are actually white, but in the reference photo, everything's violet blue. I guess I need to go lighter still.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Interruptions

I feel guilty when I'm not painting on a weekday, but there are things that come up that need to be attended to. Hopefully, I'll be able to spend tomorrow painting, and the entire eastern seaboard is supposed to be socked in with rain for the next week, so I won't have to do much gardening...Meanwhile, here is what I worked on last night:

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

Monday, May 14, 2018

Ocean And Pond

Over the weekend, I put in a few hours on these two paintings. The blue-violet on the woman at the beach is WAY too dark, but I've rationalized it by deciding it will be a nice under layer, and I'll just lighten it up here and there.

Finding A Shell, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
 
I'm happy about the colors of the sea and sky; they look natural to me. 
 
There's been some progress on the pond painting, too. It doesn't look as blotchy in real life as it does in the photo, and I did a lot of blending and glazing to soften the cloud edges. Still some work to do on the bottom half, but it's looking better.
 

Learned Pond, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

Friday, May 11, 2018

Looking Forward To The Weekend

I feel kind of worn out, and have only managed to work on Selfies this morning. I might get back to work— it's a hot day outside and the Dungeon Studio is nice and cool— but then again, I might just loaf around. I do feel like I put a lot into the figure on the left and the area surrounding him:

Selfies, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

Thursday, May 10, 2018

The Gauntlet

Mixing the greys for the top area is tricky. There's a lot of red in them, and they have to look transparent in some places, too. You can see the wet paint in the upper left hand corner; I put in a good solid hour on it and some of the mannequins, and the lower back wall this morning.

The Gauntlet, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Shallow Water

Talk about a tedious project— I'm looking as closely as I can (it's really boring) at the surf patterns and trying to sketch them in. There's going to be a lot of color adjustment, the water as seen through the foam is sort of a greenish grey in some places and light brown in others.

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

Here And There On The Big Giant Hand

Skipped around the picture plane on this one; now time to let it dry.

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

This Little Scene Makes Me Happy

With the shadowy figure on the left now visible, I think you can get a better idea of what I'm aiming for. There's another figure, too, on the right in the bar window: a woman waiter shaking a cocktail mixer. I can't wait to get to her, because the light she's in casts shadows on her white shirt that are a combination of violet and orange. What a challenge that will be, and if I can pull it off, what a visual treat.

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

The Struggle Continues!

I decided the eye was too far forward on the first girl on the left, and some of the other drawing was off, so I'm starting her over. Also, I don't like the fact that she has the same expression on her mouth as the girl sitting opposite from her. They both look like they're pouting. Changes are in order, but now I must re-pot the little spinach plant and plant those dahlias. Hopefully there will be no more snake encounters.

The Chair, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
I did make some progress on Girl #4. And it turns out Cad Red Light, Viridian, and Ultramarine Blue make a nice shadow-on-skin mix.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Using Up The Roll Of Painter's Tape

I did get to work on the two I mentioned earlier, though having the TV on and listening to the political news was distracting. I stuck to taping and painting edges rather than getting too involved in mixing color and trying for the illusion of realism. But as it did this morning, I set a good foundation for what comes next on these paintings.

For Rent, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
 
Because this one is on a thin panel, it bends back against the wall and the dark detail on the right side looks distorted.
 
Next: I do like the way this one is coming along.
 
Chrysler Building, Dusk, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
 

Taping Off, and Red and Grey

If you look at the previous posting of Selfies, you can see how irregular the black window frames are. I got tired of looking at them this morning and taped off most of them, then painted them in a standard Ivory Black (which I'll modify with other colors over time) to neaten up the edges.

Taped:

Selfies, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
After painting:
Selfies, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
Then I moved on to taping the top edge on this one and also working some detail in the lower left part of the window near the mannequins' feet: 
The Gauntlet, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
And finally on to Emergency, since I already had some black, grey and red mixed for The Gauntlet. After a break I think I'll tape off a few edges on the Chrysler Building painting, and For Rent. Seems like that's the next logical step with those two anyway.

In Case Of Emergency, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)



Monday, May 7, 2018

Squaring Off

The T-square is a very useful tool when it looks like your buildings are leaning a bit, so I straightened them out and then re-worked the color on the brownstones again. They are tricky, and it's easy to lose track of which plane is which.

I'm going to try to take the rest of the evening off. It's been a long painting day.

When I Woke Up I Was In Brooklyn, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

The Waiter

When I looked around at the paintings in progress, this is the one I really wanted to work on this afternoon. I'm not sure about the size of the head; it might be too small, but I just really wanted to get to the figure. I love the fact that the tiles will pick up the reflections in the room and the white shirt of the waiter.
Waiting At Le Diplomate, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)