Monday, February 20, 2012

Honey's Nose


From this angle, "schnoz" is more like it. I took this photo while Honey was napping by the pool in Cancun last December and chose it for another little, tiny painting and more practice with oils. I guess he could call the cops and have me hauled away for spousal abuse--the spouses of all artists probably have the same complaints: "What are you looking at? What are you drawing? Leave me alone. Don't put THAT in your blog or I'm calling my lawyer." Our spouses are our live-in live models. They're around all the time and don't cost anything but dinner and a few patronizing remarks: "But Honey no one has a nose like yours. It SHOULD be immortalized." We are entitled to use them--or why else did we marry?

This isn't done yet of course. I'm still very shy with oils. I'm not exactly ready to be a daily producer of these little gems. I need practice. I'm about to add oils to my portrait of the two kids. Once I do, there's no taking them back. --Oh, BTW, Honey had a sunburn from many naps by the pool, in case you were wondering why he's so red. Push the color. Push the color. Color is what paint is all about. What else did I learn today? Painters of little oils have ample racks--both females and males.

12 comments:

  1. How funny Linda , you painted this from a very difficult angle but did it perfectly. Shy in oil painting?? a beginner? I would like some lessons, please :-))

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  2. Jane you are very kind. I really feel like a bungler with them--mixing the colors, getting the right consistency, working them into each other. But doing these little paintings will, I hope, show me the way.

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  3. Hello L.W. Roth. So nice to meet you! Thanks for dropping by my blog the other day. I enjoyed reading your comment and thought how nice to hear you will resurrect an older piece too! Your blog is great and i also liked "The Most Boring Art blog". Most interesting indeed. And push the color! Yes! Absolutely! Could not agree more. Happy painting!

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  4. This is a great angle - very different! And I love the story with the picture!!

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  5. great perspective, you've done a great job with the nose!

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  6. LOL, love your conversation :-))))

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  7. I do so love this perspective! You give me the idea to paint my dh. (I did so a long time ago and for some reason he came out looking like a priest). A funny thing...I call my sportscar "Honey"..it's a good name! This is a great rendition of "your" Honey!

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  8. Thanks for commenting Ross. You do push the color. I thought your work was delightful. You'll have to excuse my current figurative stuff. It's much more serious than I really am. But there's a commission involved and when money gets involved people get serious. I hope you'll stick around while I go through this phase.

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  9. It's not a story Farmhand--is it alright if I call you that? It fits with your blog title. Anyway, it's the truth. I need a rack and my honey is my most accessible model. If he loves me at all, he should sit still till I tell him he can move. (I say this in here, never out there. Honey would bolt before he'd sit for me).

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  10. Thanks Kyla. Then yesterday I messed it up. I'm having difficulty with the old man's skin tones. I like the ruddiness and will get that effect back, but toned them down a bit while I corrected the drawing. I have a good eye, but I tend to be off a smidgen, which can make one person look like someone else.The good that's happening here is I am loosening up with the paint, which I was handling very gingerly up till yesterday.

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  11. Thanks Agnes. I loved your plane photographs. You were in my favorite seat too bad you were landing home instead of one of those exotic places you love to go.

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  12. It's a tough view. I messed the painting up yesterday, because the angle of his brow just wasn't what it should be and his jowls weren't dripping well. I did some redrawing. As I said to Kyla, one smidgen off and the person just isn't himself. Likeness is important. Skin tones are important. Honey is ruddy looking in the photo--blotchy actually. I lost that punch yesterday correcting the drawing, but will attempt to get it back today

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