Friday, February 27, 2015
Thursday, February 26, 2015
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
I got around to fixing the sofa today. I realized that the sofa arm peeking out from the side of his arm was too distracting. Now that I have removed the sofa arm on the left side of the painting, I am much happier with the composition. My eye is no longer drawn to that side like before and the arm seems to lay upon the sofa arm better.
Sunday, February 22, 2015
Every artist has an off day from time to time...today was my turn. I did nothing but paint and wipe off and repaint and wipe off. The studio was warm enough, so I can't lay the blame there. Anyway, no photos today, since I did nothing to be proud of and photograph. My next few days are going to be spent doing some prescheduled things and so I won't have a post for you for a bit. Hopefully when I get back to the easel, I will be recharged.
Saturday, February 21, 2015
Friday, February 20, 2015
Worked forever on the teeth and beard today. Teeth are not that hard to paint, but it is hard to pull it off so that the person does not look maniacal. I think I have it right, almost. I am almost happy with the beard, but still need to adjust the smile a bit. Lets hope I don't overwork it.
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
I got up really early today, had a very early appointment in town. I went out the door and waiting for me was Bambi and her fawn. I have been feeding the two deer and she has become pretty tame. I was not prepared and had no food for her, and as I headed to my car, she followed me to the driveway. I guess she is getting a bit too tame. So this afternoon I looked out the studio windows and there was Bambi with about 15 of her best friends. Guess she was getting even with me for not feeding her this morning.
I hope to get some real close ups for you to view, shortly. Started off today's session working on the neck and shadow created by the shirt collar, laid in the lips a bit and started fleshing out the neck and beard. Took another pass at the ears also, adjusting the shapes and colors in them. As I work on any one area, I may spot an area elsewhere that also uses the color I am working with. This is when I will take a dab of the color I just used and place it in the area where I see that same color. This adds to the continuity of the painting.
Monday, February 16, 2015
Saturday, February 14, 2015
Friday, February 13, 2015
Finally, I have started to put some details into the painting. I focused on the face yesterday. Worked on the light side of his face, especially the forehead. Placed a lot of color into the area around the eye and worked on the moustache. I also have noticed the eye on his shadow side, the right side, is a bit too open and needs to be a little more squinting. It does my soul good to be lavishing my attention on the details.
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Woke up feeling like a new person today. Looked out the window to see bluebirds and I knew it would be a great day for painting. So, I turned on the heater in the studio, turned on some Neil Diamond and got into my zone for the first time in weeks. I only put out small amounts of each color, since I was not sure just how much time I would get in the studio before having to stop. I have been using a limited pallet for this painting. Starting from the right the colors are, Titanium White (2 little blobs), then Ivory Black, Paynes Grey, Burnt Umber, Raw Sienna, Yellow Ochre, Ultramarine Blue, Cobalt Blue, Alizarin Crimson, Permanent Rose, Scarlet Red, Indian Yellow, Cadmium Yellow, Zinc Yellow, Pthalo Green, and Blick Sepia.
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Monday, February 9, 2015
Sunday, February 8, 2015
Since getting the flu almost three weeks ago, I have been unable to really bounce back. It has become a cold and settled into my chest. Now, it has worsened and I had to cancel my open studio today. I am in bed with my laptop and trying to keep the day from being a total loss. I think I need a few days just to eat chicken soup, drink some hot tea and shake whatever this is that I have going on. Our friend has told us that his doctor said all the nursing homes up here are emptied out, most of the residents needing hospital care and that this flu lingers for four weeks or more. I can honestly say, I have never had a flu or cold that has knocked me down for so long. I may move my painting into our spare bedroom tomorrow so that I can continue to work on it in a more comfortable setting. Hopefully, I won't miss too many days of posting and progress on the Eledge portrait.
Saturday, February 7, 2015
I forgot to point out yesterday, that the hand which hangs over the edge of the chair, has now been enlarged a bit. I paid a lot of attention to the area where the hand connects to the wrist, so that it looks like it recedes from the front of the hands at the knuckles. I will keep the hands slightly darker than the face, since they are in an area that does not receive direct light other than on the tops, which would cause a bright highlight. With just some light falling across them, they will not scream for attention and pull your eyes from looking at the center of attention, the face.
Friday, February 6, 2015
Next, I mixed up some flesh colors and made a more refined block in of the hand. I have also indicated where the ring will be. This is by no means a finished hand. But, it is a good beginning, showing me the range of cool and warm colors as well as the lights and shadows. I am happy with this so far. But it could all go wonky at any time. Now, on to the other hand. No details allowed just yet!
Thursday, February 5, 2015
Warming up the studio this morning, I noticed from across the room that the hand I had sketched in, looked too small today. Fresh eyes, always make the errors obvious to me. I also felt that I needed to increase the arm of the sofa and the shadows at the back of his hips and thighs. So I worked on those three items and now the foreshortening is correct, I think. We shall see how I feel about it tomorrow.
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Foreshortening is tricky. If I look at my subject from one position in the room, the hip seems larger, but if I stand to the right and further back from the subject, things look entirely too small in the hip. Now add to that, the fact that a camera shoots just what it sees without regard to human anatomy and you have a real confusing situation. This is where a sound knowledge of human anatomy is a must. If you are going to paint figural works and portraits, then studying from life is a must. I have seen otherwise wonderful art that falls flat on its face simply because the artist did not know how arms join to the shoulder or connect at the elbow and therefore look like sausages hanging from the body. Knowing how a hand connects to the wrist tells me that my one hand is a bit too small and is not dangling from the chair arm in a convincing manner. Back to Drawing Board now!
Tuesday, February 3, 2015
You can really see in this photo, the background scumbling I have done so that I could soften the jacket and hair edges. And last but not least, the sofa was a yucky yellow/gold color and so I took a few blobs of colors left on my palette at the end of this session and just smeared them onto the canvas. Did I mention, the blank canvas bugs me? I must get that leg and those hands started ASAP.
Monday, February 2, 2015
I am forcing myself to not touch the face today.....I am trying to not let myself nitpic the details too soon.