Friday, April 11, 2008
Sunday, April 6, 2008
Friday, March 21, 2008
Monday, March 17, 2008
Saturday, March 1, 2008
It's really hard to take a picture of a page out of Time Magazine without glare. In my effort to adjust the color and contrast to minimize the glare, I overdid it a bit. I will post a picture of my painting alone below. This is John McCain, my first attempt to paint a man. Men are harder to paint than women.
I see that with McCain and Laura Bush I have painted two Republicans. I will try to find a Democrat to paint to balance things out.
Monday, February 18, 2008
For this week's practice portrait I chose a picture of Fergie, a singer I am not really familiar with, from the cover of the TV Week supplement. This isn't great, but I do think it was a good learning experience. I did the skin tones in mainly raw umber mixed with white. I had a little problem with unevenness with the skin. I want to do a portrait with more hair showing one of these days. So much to work on!
Thursday, February 14, 2008
I started this painting last December when I was feeling Christmassy. I just finished it yesterday. It's an 8 x 10 in acrylic.
I'm pretty happy with it. I thought maybe I could figure out how to turn it into a Christmas card. Now if I could just think of some words for it that are profound and also rhyme. I'm no good at that.
This also happens to be my first time scanning something.
It's funny how things are showing up in the computer image that I really didn't notice when looking at the actual picture. Along the left side of the manger (our left, the baby's right) there seems to be some sort of radioactive glow. Maybe I'll fix it. On the other hand, maybe not. Maybe it's just part of the aura. I'll have to think about it some more.
Saturday, February 9, 2008
Monday, February 4, 2008
Here's a picture of the projector I used to help me draw the face.
I'm planning to paint portraits of my children someday, starting with my daughter. When she saw this, I think it scared her a little bit.
The skin tones didn't really quite come out like I wanted. I think I used mainly burnt sienna mixed with white. Even though I wasn't planning to outline, I think it was greatly improved with the black outlining I did with a Sharpie.
This is an 8 x 10 in acrylic.