Wednesday, February 24, 2016

"The Old Geranium Chair"

I'm up from being in bed for a couple of days with a nasty flu bug ... and ready to continue with the formal portrait for The Sunflower Wedding Couple, and another painting in the #dreamlovepaint course ... as soon as I've cracked the last of the admin lurking in my left brain.

So, on to right brain stuff ... here's the last painting from the #dreamlovepaint course and I've called it "The Old Geranium Chair". Next in line is a bunch of daisies and mini-roses in a glass jar.

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

"The Purple Bow"

I'm doing a six-week online painting course at the moment with Dreama Tolle Perry ... and this is week three's painting. I've called it "The Purple Bow".

I would highly recommend her course - I'm doing it to help me find more light in my paintings and to train me to use a brush as much as I usually use palette knives.

 "This Little Cup Cake" was my effort from week two.

Monday, February 01, 2016

The Sunflower Wedding Couple formal portrait 1

For a few months now I've been working on a formal portrait for a couple I call The Sunflower Wedding Couple. They were married recently and sunflowers were their flower of choice at the wedding.

Formal portraits are usually scary paintings to create - well, for me anyway! Even if you've had previous successes in painting people to actually look like themselves, it's always a fresh challenge and a fresh risk that things might just not come out as they should, and be difficult or well nigh impossible to correct. One of the tricks is to take a lot of time over it, considering each stage and getting used to it before you progress to the next stage. This gives you time to correct errors before it's too late.

This is where I began:

The image below is where I'm at right now ... needing to work more on his hair and face but needing paint to dry before I go at it again. His shirt is also in the "being considered" category and is likely to be toned down a wee bit - but I'll only know whether that is necessary or not, and by how much, once I've completed his suit. It's a constant juggle and puzzle, waiting for the stage ahead to be put in place before you know how to complete the stage before it.

You can find the full process from beginning to end - well, where I'm at right now anyway - on the Painting Progression page on Facebook :