Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Step 4 Defining Some more

Well I didn't like the layout of the roses so I changed it. Of course! I am much happier with this one. I was up until 1:00 AM redrawing the roses and figuring and throwing some paint. Started in on it again this morning and this is where I got to before I needed a break. Hope this one turns out! I am really enjoying doing this..so far. Of course I usually am sick of my painting before I am done. Not sick of it yet though.

Monday, May 22, 2006

Step 3

Went for a walk today took some photos; it was good to get out. Painted some more today both before and after my walk. I am beginning to define the roses a bit. Never painted roses before so it will take a while to get them right. I am beginning to understand how they unfold. Now I just have to figure out how to paint them. I can see I need to get a lot more delicate. Not sure if I like the positiong but I will change as I go. If nothing else this is fun. Flowers are happy things to paint.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Working on Commission...

I resketched my roses commission because I woke up realizing...yes I had a dream about it....that the painting would be too small on a 16" x 20" canvas. After conferring with the lady...commissioner?......I pulled out an 18" x 24" canvas and resketched it. Having done it once already I was less than enthusiastic so it it was a lot looser. This is good! I fixed the charcoal with fixative..waited a bit and then layed on the underpainting washes. Since the background will be a dark green, almost black in places, I layed in a purple wash. This is a direct influence from an artist friend whose work I admire. (To see his blog go here. http://josephlacorte.blogspot.com/ There is a link on his blog to his website where you can view his beautiful paintings.) Having laid down the background wash...I washed the roses with orange. The roses will be champage/white so I thought this would work. I told the lady that I would send her wip photos...but I think I will wait with this one cause she will no doubt have a heart attack. LOL.

Saturday, May 20, 2006

I Am Here......Still.....

....just been not in the mood to post anything. Antisocial would be the right word. So antisocial I am not posting to a blog that no one even knows is here. I had a varnishing disaster. I sold a painting to someone six months ago but they wanted to wait until it was varnished to bring it home. So far so good...I varnished it last week and the thing wouldn't dry. I do not know what happened. I took all the varnish off 4 days later and am waiting for the tackiness to go away. Still tacky 7 days later. She wants to see how the painting will turn out...if it does not go well..she wants a different one that I painted instead. Nice lady. I however am mortified that such a horrible thing could happen to my painting. Anyway...all is well. I sold another painting to another lady and have a commission for a new one from same lady. She also bought the Golden Sunset I posted earlier. You have to scroll down if you want to refresh yourself...if indeed anyone is here.......or is it archived by now? It is nice to have someone validating my foray into the artistic realm by buying my work. The new commission is an oil painting of roses for her wall. We shall see what transpires. Not sure I will varnish anymore...I am posting the painting that she just bought.