I drive by this field near my house almost every day and there are usually lots of cattle and horses and a couple of donkeys and some ponies out there. Now and again they’re close enough to the road that I can take a picture or two. I absolutely loved this chunky little pony and had to do a quick study.
I love poetry. I try to read a poem every day. Today’s poem was all about red high heels. Or maybe not. Poems are awesome that way.
Anyway, I decided to swing by Goodwill on my way to work and pick up a pair of high heeled shoes. They didn’t have any red ones but I found two pair of black ones that I loved so I got those and decided I’d just paint them as though they were red. Art is awesome that way.
This is coming along pretty well. At least, I’m pleased with it so far, although I’m carefully telling myself not to fall in love with it yet because that makes it more difficult to finish.
This is my second attempt at a portrait of my brother, Paul, and his wife, Jan. The first time the reference photo was just too low-resolution to work. I don’t like to get too detailed with my portraits but that doesn’t mean I can work without any detail at all. This year I brought my SLR camera to the reunion instead of relying on my phone and ended up with a much better photo selection.
This portrait is based on two separate photos, one of Paul that I took and another one of Jan that someone else had taken at the same event. The photo of Jan showed her with her head tilted sideways and standing under a picnic shelter, so the light on her face was a lot different from the picture of Paul, who was sitting out in the sunshine. Thanks to Photoshop I was able to match the colors so that I could work from a reference that looked like they actually posed together. Hurray!
Here are time-lapse videos of the progress on this portrait so far. Hopefully, I’ll have it done by next week’s email. Stay tuned!
Hope to finish soon. Stay tuned!
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This is the same place as yesterday’s post but today I just painted what I remembered. I like it better. It’s truer to what I meant rather than what the camera meant, if you know what I mean. It’s fresher feeling, more lively. I like it.
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One of three pieces that I did yesterday morning after walking through the woods. Not everything is dark! Sometimes there’s light coming through all the trees. Just keep walking! That’s what this piece says to me.
Here I am sitting on the floor in my tiny house, working on the third pastel of the morning. I’ve been trying to do more work per day because I think it’s the only way I’m going to get better. The first two little paintings were fine and I’ll probably post them later but this one is the one that I really liked. Just like the overall ominous quality of it and the way the path just stops dead in front of that line of dark forest.
This is my friend, Liz. She sent me three pictures of herself to work with. I liked the one of her laughing the best. I still have to finish this one, so check back for the final version. This is a 9×6″ pastel on moonstone color Canson mi-teintes paper.
Here’s my reference.