Tuesday, April 22, 2014

40's High School Hairdo

photo of my 8" x 10" oil  from an old family photo
The colors are invented, because the photo ref was in 
black and white, but I kept them soft and sweet 
because Mom's that kind of a gal.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

That's an....Interesting Frame

5" x 7" oil on unprimed canvas
from a photo reference
When the self portrait became so depressing that face-down was the only thing I could do to save my sanity, I painted someone else on the back. Strange stuff--unprimed, coarse canvas! Several times during the process, I wiped her out. A rather beautiful, subtle, soft portrait would appear after each rub-out, as the residue paint was forced into the weave of the canvas*. 

...which I then repainted into this maybe not-so-subtle and soft woman. 

*This might be worthy of some further experimentation.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

From a Vintage Photo

9" x 12" watercolor on paper

I painted this lady from a sepia toned reference photo. Rather than start right in with color, as I usually do, I painted a light grisaille with just the black, much watered down, then added veils of color. I'm thinking about adding some Victorian?Edwardian wallpaper patterning to the background before I call her done.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Portrait Practice

oil portrait from reference photo, 8" x 10"
Not much to say, other than I'm practicing whenever I can. I keep flipping between oil paint and watercolors, depending on my mood, and the light, and how many afternoons I can devote to it. If I know I'll have a couple or three afternoons in a row, I'll start an oil sketch; if I think I'm headed down to the farm the next day, I might set out to sketch and paint with watercolors.