Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Portrait of Us (at home)


This is a double portrait that I finished back in March of 2017. This was a commission; I worked from a well-loved photo from this couple's vacation in Santorini, Greece. Well, today this image landed in my email, a photo of the portrait in its new home, on a newly painted wall. I like the way it looks on the pale yellow background. This made me smile, so I am sharing it here.

Monday, November 19, 2018

Ducks at Shoe Pond (with Woodcut Effect)


This image began with a photo that I took on November 2nd, during a late afternoon walk at the Cumming Center Pond (also known as Shoe Pond.)  Today I used Painter to fix a few details with digital pastel, and then added the woodcut effect.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Red Maple in November


That little snowstorm we had knocked most of the remaining leaves off the trees, and I miss them!  Here is a picture that I took in early November during a walk at the Cummings Center. There were several red maples near the pond. It was a cloudy day, which made those bright leaves seem to glow.  Tonight I retouched the original photo and cropped it to get this composition.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Zagon Brothers at the Piano (Rescued Snapshot)


This image began with a small photo that I found among two boxes of my dad's photos that recently came in the mail. The well-worn little snapshot shows my dad and my Uncle Barney at the piano, with my mother looking on.  My cousin Shirley is in the background, and my grandmother is in the corner.  So this is in New York, in Brooklyn. The back of the photo is dated Mar. 31, 1956, the year my folks to my cousin and me, both 8 years on, on a train trip to New York.  This is the only picture I have seen that shows the two brothers making music together. My dad's family sent Barney for music lessons, but couldn't afford lessons for my father too. But both brothers were musical, so Barney would come home and share what he had learned.  I love this picture, but the snapshot had a lot of problems, so I decided to try to fix it up.  The wear and tear on this photo makes me think my dad looked at it often, maybe even carried it in his wallet.  I started by retouching what I could. The original image was out of kilter, so I straightened it. I used Painter to fill in some background so I could straighten the image without having to crop out my grandmother. I also adjusted the focus and adjusted the color to eliminate a yellow-green cast.  Then I added some posterizing effect, which brought out some other colors. It sounds like a lot of work for a small snapshot, but this one is definitely worth the effort.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Snowcapped Mountains (Acrylic Watermedia)


I went back to this painting again this morning.  This was inspired by a photo that I took by in June, a view of the mountains from a busy highway on the road to Central City. (See my post on Nov. 5.) This morning, I revised the shapes of some of the patches of snow on the distant mountain range, starting by reversing a change I had made yesterday.  I made other changes to help those little patches of snow work suggest the shapes of the mountains and  help with the composition.  And I made a good number of other very small changes to make things neat.  And then finally, I was ready to say this is done.  I hope to exhibit this in December at Galatea Fine Art (www.galateafineart.com). 

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Snowcapped Mountains (Acrylic Watermedia) as of Nov. 15, 2018


I worked on this again today. I am painting the Colorado mountains, using one of my photos (digitally altered) as a reference, and it is posted here on November 5. Today I started by revising the shapes and angles of the snowcapped mountains.  I also added some more washes to the sky. And then I made a series of small changes, which for me is a sign that I am almost done.  In fact, I actually thought this was finished, but late this afternoon, I realized that there are a couple of small changes I still need to make. Next month,  I hope to show this at Galatea Fine Art (www.galateafineart.com)

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Snowcapped Mountains (Acrylic Watermedia) as Nov. 14, 2018


This is the painting I have been working on. My inspiration for this mountain landscape is a photo that I took in Colorado back in June.  (My photo reference, digitally altered, is posted here on Nov. 5.) Today I worked on adjusting colors and adding a little texture along the way.  I added pale washes to the sky, purple washes to the mountains, and both pink and green washes to the foreground. This is almost finished, but there are still a few things to fix.  I am hoping to show this painting in the December show at Galatea Fine Art in Boston (www.galateafineart.com).