A YEAR OF ART ACTUALIZATION.
|The Unknown Children, 16 x 20; oil|
The commission that gave me a shove into portraiture in oils.
|Self Portrait #1, oils|
My first Little Practice Head of 2012
No grid systems were used, just free hand alla prima impressions done from photographs--the informal kind, not the kind that the unknown children's patron handed me. I like the look of people caught going about their business unaware of a camera.
My best model of course was me. I learned about lighting. With my first
effort I learned about controlling the lighting for the photograph. One light source will do instead of the two that are in this one fighting with one another. But it is an interesting look.
|Self Portrait of A Computer Addict, self portrait #2. oils|
I like this one. It's casual. It's gestural. It's me.
|Ellis, 8 x 10, Graphite|
This computer addict finds Jasc Photo Album to be of great service in seeing what I've been up to and what still needs improving. While I stand way back often during the painting process and squint till I worry about wrinkles, the computer rendition backs me away further by transferring the painting to another medium, which increases my objectivity.It's a marvelous tool to use while work is in progress as well as to keep art records.
I also spent time studying John Singer Sargent's charcoal drawings. No other practice showed up how dark shadows should be than this one. I might move on to copying other well know artist's portrait work with charcoal too. It's an eye opener.
|A Charcoal copy of John Singer Sargent's Mrs. So and So.|
I didn't really care who he was drawing, just how he was drawing.
Actually, I think she looks like Angela Landsbury.
|JD in shadow, a 15 minute |
study in oils
I also bought the most expensive art book ever: Richard Schmid's Alla Prima. Would you believe I haven't finished reading it yet. After three chapters, I had to set it aside to let the information set in. Of particular interest to me was his listing of the common things we all do wrong the most. From that list, the shadows are not dark enough, is the one I've been working on. It's scary. I'm afraid if I go too dark too quickly, I won't be able to back out gracefully. Again, I'll say this is a book worth buying with the proceeds of one small painting sold for a hundred.
|JD, charcoal study for I've Gotta Crow|
|Taylor X Four, 20 x 20", charcoal montage study.|
The painting never got done due to mylady's preference for her cat.
Being that I used it for my business cards, I think I have to carry on.
The painting will be large: 36 x 36"
|My Guys, work in progress (UFB), oils, 30 x 18|
When I started this portrait, I was overly ambitious; I still am. This
painting will take priority over JD. This one needs a lot of work, lucky I love these guys.
|Rain, work in progress, 36 x 60, acrylic|
This wasn't working in acrylic. The paint dried too quickly. I will
finish it in oils. It needs the smear to achieve the blur look I want.
As you see it, it's been pretty much scraped down.
|My Purse, pastel pencil sketch, January 6th, 2010|
My timid first drawing was my first, bold entry in a blogging journey that lead to actualization.
|You know you've arrived when you'll take a webcam pic of yourself just as|
you looked when you got out of bed. I have no shame.TG for the blurriness!