Thursday, December 08, 2016

Portrait of Us: Rough Sketch 1 with Figures on Right

This is a very rough sketch for a new project, a commissioned double portrait.  I am just getting started, but I will be working from a favorite photo of this couple. The photo shows the couple on vacation in Greece, touring on motor bikes, hence the helmets. The original photo was composed for a square format, but the painting is going to be more rectangular, to give a little more space for the figures and I hope a little space to suggest some of the background (from some of their vacation photos). I decided that the first task was to come up some sketches for the composition. The canvas will be 14 x 18 inches, so I drew a 7 x 9 inch rectangle on graph paper, and did a rough sketch with blue Sharpie pen.  This wasn't an attempt to get a likeness, but just an way to try out the composition. The next step was to photograph the sketch, load it into the computer, and then use some digital magic to try out  alternative compositions. "Portrait of Us" was the title given to the photo this couple, and I liked it, so that's the title I am using for the painting as well. I am going to be posting my progress here, so there will be more to come.

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Baby Picture of My Mom (Keepsake with Ribbon) Final

I have been working on this project, a keepsake that I made from her baby picture.  Last summer, I did a digital rescue of the original photo, which was scratched, torn, and missing a corner.  Then in November, close to her birthday, I added the color.  Over the past few weeks, I printed out a color copy, and mounted it to a painted canvas board and added the ribbon.  I thought I was finished a few days ago, but I decided to that the soft pink ribbon was too subtle. (Anyone who knew my mother could tell you that subtle was not her style.) So I added more pink to the ribbon.  

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Snow on Rhododendrons (With Prisma Filter)

Yesterday's post was a photo that I took in the morning: first snow of the season, on the rhododendron leaves. I also used the Prisma app on my iPhone to apply a filter to the image.  I liked the result, so here it is.

Monday, December 05, 2016

Snow on Rhododendrons

Here north of Boston, we had the first snow of the season today. It was just a light dusting, but I liked the way it looked on the rhododendron leaves this morning. I knew the snow would be gone in a few hours, so I took this picture. 

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Three Paintings at Galatea's "Easy Acquisitions" Show

Here are three of my mountain paintings on display at Galatea Fine Arts in Boston. They are part of the "Easy Acquisitions" show of small works, on display through December.  I took this picture at the opening on Friday.  If you want to know more about Galatea, follow this link:

Saturday, December 03, 2016

Baby Picture of My Mom (Keepsake with Ribbon)

This is the keepsake I have been working on, using a baby picture of my mom.  I previously rescued the image from a torn and scratched photograph.  Then I added the color, digitally.  This week I have been working on mounting the image on a canvas board and adding a ribbon border.  This morning I added some pink tint to the ribbon.  I may add just a bit more pink in some places and correct a few little mistakes, but otherwise this is basically done.  I am still deciding whether to frame this piece in a conventional way, or finish the back so it can be displayed on a small easel, something I have done with previous Memory Imprints projects.  (If you want to know more about Memory Imprints, follow this link:

Friday, December 02, 2016

Baby Picture of My Mom (Keepsake as of December 2, 2016)

I am trying to finish up this project, a keepsake that I am making from a baby picture of my mom. This is based on a family photo that I rescued last summer. It was scratched, torn, and was missing the upper left corner. (The before and after versions are posted here, July 31.)  Then in November, I added color, using Painter's digital pastel.  And this week, I have been making the keepsake. I attached a printout of the photo to a canvas board and painted the border. Today I added a border made of gift wrap ribbon.  This is partly an emotional choice because when I was a kid, one of the things I did with my mom was to "help" her wrap presents up in her bedroom. (I doubt I was much help, but I still remember being amazed at how she could make the ribbon curl by running a scissor blade over it.)  I said yesterday that this kind of ribbon is easy to work with, but today I was ready to take it back!  It is easy to measure and makes a clean border, but wow I had a lot of trouble getting it to stick. It finally did, though.  I plan to tint the ribbon a pale pink. But I didn't have time to do that today, so I will probably finish this tomorrow.