A little more whipped cream. The strawberries need work next time.
Strawberry Shortcake, © 2021, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
It was not a fun time working on this today, but at least I have a better handle on the scene inside the window and the reflections on it. I also changed the light source on the face, after taking some FaceTime shots of my friend during a convo the other day. I still don't have the eyes right; the expression in them is so important in giving a sense of the personality. But that will happen over time, I guess.
Untitled Mulberry Street Project, © 2021, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
I put in a considerable amount of work on this, this afternoon, and after wiping off what I did to the face of the central figure, I tried again. While it still doesn't resemble her, at least it's better. Did much painting on the buildings as well.
I spent a long time trying to create highlights on the individual sprinkles, not sure it was worth the effort—Chocolate Mousse, © 2021, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
Then moved on to work on sweaters and the green wall color:
And an attempt to bring some violets and blues into the blossoms; this is an awful photo, it really looks much better in real life—
And played a bit with painting oil on vellum:
And lastly, some more work on the door. Soon I'll be able to paint the owl.
Variations On A Theme 2a, © 2021, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
So, I'm closing up shop for the night. My back hurts and I'm running out of energy.
The Blue Vase painting:
I found this painting in my basement stash and after looking at it decided to take it the single step further that it's always been missing. It had some glints of a setting sun in the leaves of the trees, originally (as well as on the horizon), but after giving it a little thought I realized it could make a statement about the wildfires in places like California. So with a little more judicious placement of reds and yellows, it now seems to suggest the trees have just caught fire.
The Wind Carried The Embers, © 2021
I only spent about twenty minutes on this, but it does satisfy my need for color. Maybe if I do 50 of these I'll figure out how to make them look like there are clouds in the sky, with some actual structure.Untitled, © 2021, work in progress (click on image for larger view)