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Girl With a Red Hat WIP after Vermeer

Well finally had a chance to try to work on this painting a bit today.  The last few days were spent in the garden and then I was spent - getting plenty of tomatoes though!!  Worked  a lot of time today going over the mouth,  nose, got the eye angles corrected, I think, and working on getting the skin lighter than the black I have all over the background.  Trying to work with finding the colors, one advantage of these exercises tends to become good color mixing challenges.    This time I am using dioxazine purple , chromium oxide green and ultra marine blue along with yellow ochre and cad red light for skin tones.

Going to try to get more of that light background in, not really sure what it is depicting, before I work more on the facial tones as that might change the value of the skin tones.   Right now anything I put on that black looks really, really light.

By the way, I don't know why in this shot the hat shows yellow edges as that is not the case but had to tilt the easel so …

Girl With A Red Hat WIP After Vermeer

I haven't done a WIP in quite a while.  But thought I would try to do this Old Master's and would love it if others suffer with  me.   This is Girl with a Red Hat, by Vermeer in 1665-1666, and is one of my favorite paintings at the National Gallery.   The National Gallery actually has two-three rooms of little gems of Dutch paintings and I always have to go several times while we are there to spend some quality time.  
This is a very small painting 9"x7" and I am doing as an 8"x10" - and boy, can you say small?  Anyway I was going to do as I did the last one, Girl with a Pearl Earring, using chircusso. But  as I was adding my gesso layers to the canvas, I got the bright idea of using a black layer so I would already have the black dramatic background.  Duh - no can do gray tones and then glaze the face.  
So instead am going to try to get the block in and then lighten as needed.  We'll see how that works out - worst case I can paint her face all white a…

The Kid

The Kid
                                                                          16"x12"
                                                        Colored Pencil/touch of Pastel
It has been couple of years since I did my first eagle.  I was extremely lucky to sell that piece which was eventually used for a book cover.  They are such stately, though violent, being birds of prey.  I like most birds, we have  multiple varieties that come to our feeders and they really have personalities, even within the same species and families - just like us.  It is amazing too, just like cats and dogs, they have done a really good job of training us.
I really liked this photo from Sandy Scott, one of my favorite Florida nature photographers who kindly shares his work on PMP.  He lives not from where I used to live in Pinellas County.  Anyway I just loved the direct confrontational look that this juvenile is giving us. …

Before the Storm

Before the Storm
                                                                       20"x11"
                                                                       Acrylic
One of the best things about having multiple pictures on the board is that when I get focused I can get things completed.  I did the flower yesterday and then decided to work on this a bit and before I knew it, it was complete.   I must say however that I did agonize over the sky and clouds.  Guess it just needs more practice.
I took this black and white shot, from  Amelia at PMP, and blued it up to try to capture the mood of the storm before it hits.  But I really love the wave action and the power of this piece.  I can almost hear the waves breaking, booming against the rocks and hear the thunder rolling in the background.  Listen.
For me, this is an unusual size, I am going to play with the crop and might go smaller, say 10"x20&qu…

Open Tulip

Open Tulip
                                                                          12"x9"
                                                                          Acrylic
Well, been away from painting for a few days now and it is hard to get back in the swing.  I got some new colors, yeah, just like a kid in a candy store, that I wanted to try them out.  Found this flower reference from Viacheslav, a wonderful Russian photographer on PMP, and it adds another flower in my graphic series.  He shares lots of lovely still life references.  In this picture I also wanted to do the graphic element in a less precise manner, so used a credit card to try to get a sketch effect, will try it again and get even sketchier I think.
Thanks much for stopping by and hope you have a super painting week.

Summertime

Summertime 9"x12" Pastel on gray paper This is for the PaintanddrawTogether June challenge.  It was to,take the two photos below and come up with a new composition.  Whew, that was a toughie.  Not sure I came up,with a viable arrangement.   My problem was trying to incorporate the tall gladiolas in the other short squatty items.  I toyed with making the glas jar taller, using a glad bloom as a diagnol, but ended up,trying to keep close to the original sizes and heights.  This was great fun and I can't wait to see what the others come up with. Super hot here in the ATL, mid 90s so,guess it will be good painting weather.   Thanks much for,stopping by.

Butterfly Wings

Butterfly Wings
                                                                       Acrylic
                                                                       11"x14"
As you probably already know I am fascinated with fairies.  I haven't drawn a lot of them, but decided that a fairy with butterfly wings would be perfect for this week's DPW challenge, which is butterflies.
I used a terra-cotta statute shot from Steve Lyddon and the wings of an actual butterfly from a beautiful Sandy Scott photo, both of these fabulous photographers are on PMP.   They both have some terrific reference shots available for use royalty free.  Steve also is an accomplished artist as well as a photographer.

Well to be honest I couldn't get that excited about doing a butterfly on a flower.  I don't have anything again either of these subjects, just don't find them inspiring.  I have followed some books and …

Toys, Then and Now

Toys, Then and Now
                                                                     11"x14"
                                                                     Acrylic
This is my DPW challenge piece for this week.  The theme is toys.  I looked at a lot of toys, couldn't get excited until I decided on marbles.  Checking on PMP I found Kathy Throops beautiful glass still lifes.  Lucky for me some had marbles in them and I was off and running.  Got several more of her reference pics I would like to try.
While this was exciting to do it took  me a lot longer than probably a challenge piece should take.  I think if an art critic was waxing poetic he would surmise the artist's intent was showing the transition from tomboy to womanhood.  Both the marbles and perfume bottle are toys of a sort,  Blah, Blah, Blah.  No really once I saw the intricate color bands and how they reflected I was hooked and knew I had…