|Ruby in progress; the Burnt Umbra draw-in, 20 x 16, oils|
|Ruby Grid Drawing-in came first. The 20 x 16 canvas is divided into 2" squares.|
|Ruby, the reference photo converted to black and white|
While I painted the self portrait grisaille ( blog header) in the Venetian Technique class--and also did a preliminary grisaille of Erin, I have started to scumble in the values as I'm working with Ruby. I suspect I'm about to mix the rigid Venetian Technique with the easier going Line and Mass and Monochromatic Wash-in start techniques I've used for free hand painting starts BTV (Before The Venetian).
Sorry these photographs are so crappy. I lost my photo editing software cleaning up this ancient laptop and haven't been about to get it back as yet. I left the grid drawing dark--because that was the only way you could see the grid--maybe even the sub divided squares too? You can also see that this stretched canvas is sagging. Unfortunately I have no canvas pegs--they don't include them with cotton gallery canvases, only linen. I haven't been able to find them either. If anybody knows where to buy them, I'd appreciate the information. (firstname.lastname@example.org) They are good to have on hand. I will wet the back of the canvas and let it dry. That method may work to satisfaction?
Then there's The Accountant's Wife. I gave her another thirty minutes this morning and will probably give her a few more minutes over the day. With free hand starts, there's always minute corrections to be made that make all the difference in the accuracy of the likeness. Plus, I couldn't leave her looking so unattractive. There's another thing for the portrait artist to take into consideration: the subject's vanity. :-))
|The Accountant's Wife, Graphite ,6 x 8"|
Sketches are always in progress as new relationships are noticed;
this gal needs volume.