Saturday, March 29, 2014

Simultaneous Switching

Oil Paints.
Lots of differences in the way they're used, and lots of similarities.

Liz, 8" x 10" watercolor on vellum bristol
I'm going to go back and extend her black clothing a bit so this looks more like shoulders and less like a couple of random triangles.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

I Do Love Color

8" x 10" oil 
I've fit a few small portrait sketches into my afternoons of late. Definitely more fun than dusting, doing the taxes or the grocery shopping, or chipping the ice off the driveway!

I had been using water-mixable oil paints until this sketch, when I unearthed some oil paints that had been socked away a long time ago. This guy was done with oil colors and water-mixable white. The two paints seemed to work together alright.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Rare Progress Shot!

Yes! I don't often post progress shots, but it's been a not-normal day. In the midst of my high school Sculpture class, in the midst of my undoubtedly fascinating demo of how to sculpt ears in clay, word got out that our school was closing early. Snow, sleet, ice and all that.
The resulting student enthusiasm might not have been for my ear demo.
So here I am with an afternoon and a picture that needs some paint. All good! 

Friday, March 7, 2014

Just One More on That Theme

7" x 10" watercolor on paper
Funny how just a teeny little mistake (or, OK, a few such) can make a likeness not a likeness. I call her Lady SomewhatlikeMary.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Season Finales and Their Heros

9" x 12" watercolor on vellum bristol
I'd meant to finish and post The Hero of Highclere right after the final Downton of the season, but then my mind got hijacked by Wendy's suggestion that we go down to the city on Sunday to see the winter season finale performance of the New York City Ballet
It was a great day--cold, but Wendy's superior city driving and navigational abilities meant that we gracefully slid right in to a parking spot below Lincoln Center, and didn't spend much time freezing on the streets. 
To top it off, my fantasy spare husband, Ask, had a lead role. (Maybe in the ballet world they are not called "lead roles," but for all intents and purposes, that's what it was. And he was magnificent.)