Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Sketch Book Girl

Last post of 2008. This is one of my random doodlings in my sketchbook. My model was probably lifted from something in a flyer or magazine while I waited in my car for my kids to be finished school. I seem to do most of my work there lately!
Happy New Years, thank you to all my regular readers and subscribers - you've made this a fantastic year. Keep checking back in 2009 - I have a bunch of things lined up.

Friday, December 26, 2008

The Christmas Commission

A few months ago, I was approached by the husband of one of my regular clients. He wanted to surprise her for Christmas with a portrait of her with one of thier sweet dogs. This is what we came up with. Now that Christmas is over, I can post this without ruining the surprise!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Prairie Sunset

Finished! If you click on this image, you will have a better idea of the matte vs. glossy and variations in texture going on here. If you are interested in purchasing this 24" x 36" acrylic on canvas painting before I list it on etsy, feel free to contact me for more details.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Just When I Thought I Was Finished - Prairie Landscape - step four

I was on my way to do a few little touch ups on the painting I had considered "mostly done" when inspiration hit. What followed was an unscheduled afternoon spent mucking about with big jar of gel and some semi transparent Kroma hues.

I'm having fun playing with opaque vs. transparent, matte vs. glossy. I've been studying the peach painting sitting in my office and figuring out a way to replicate some of the "happy accidents" that occurred when I was mixing a very opaque white (matte) with a semi transparent white (glossy) and the resulting depth that was created.

I like thinking in layers and placing foundation elements that get buried but are essential for texture or enhancing colour. Today I spent a good amount of time laying transparencies and additional texture by the spoonful to help create even more movement in this piece.

I'm hoping to grab a moment tomorrow to post the finished piece. I know I keep saying that but this piece keeps telling me to work more on it. Best if I listen.