This is the painting that I have been working on this week. This is acrylic paint used with water on watercolor paper. This mountain landscape is part of a series I call "Mountain Daydreams," paintings created from my imagination and my memories of the Colorado mountains. Today I concentrated mostly on the sky, adding some pale washes to lighten the sky. I also added some highlights to the mountain top. This is almost done, though there are a few things I want to fix. You might notice that the color is very different from yesterday's photo. That's because I took this photo in the evening under artificial light, while yesterday's photo was taken in daylight.
Monday, January 23, 2017
Sunday, January 22, 2017
Today I did some more work on the painting I started yesterday. This is another one of my "mountain daydreams," painted my imagination and my memories of the Colorado mountains. This is acrylic paint used as water media, on watercolor paper. Today I added some washes to mountains and sky. This is still a work-in-progress, but I hope to finish it tomorrow.
Saturday, January 21, 2017
This is a painting that I started late this afternoon, a small mountain landscape. This is one of my "mountain daydreams," painted from my imagination but inspired by memories of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Like other paintings in this series, this is done with acrylic paint used with water, on watercolor paper. This is a work in progress.
Friday, January 20, 2017
Late this afternoon, I finally had a chance to work on this project. I am painting a portrait of this couple, using acrylic paint on canvas (14 x 18 inches). I am working from their vacation photo which shows them in Greece, riding on a motorbike and wearing sunglasses and helmets. In December, I did a pencil sketch as preparation, to get to know the faces. (The pencil sketch is posted here, December 14, 2016). I traced the main lines of the pencil sketch onto the canvas as a way to begin, and then switched to acrylic paint. Since then, I have been working on thin layers of paint, using only brown and white. Today I kept going in brown and white, make small changes, still using only brown and white. I concentrated on the faces, looking for dark and light areas. When I got stuck, I turned the canvas and the reference photo upside down because that always helps. I also made a few changes to the woman's helmet. Although each change was small, I think the changes are beginning to add up, and the likeness is coming along.
Thursday, January 19, 2017
This afternoon while out shopping, I saw some roses on display, and took this photo. Tonight I edited it in Painter to simplify the background, and the added some posterizing effect. I decided to post this tonight in honor of Mrs. O., to say thanks for eight great years! She will be a hard act to follow.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
I returned to this project this morning. I am painting a double portrait of this couple, working from a vacation photo that shows them in Greece on a motor bike, wearing helmets and sunglasses. In December, I did a pencil sketch to get to know their faces. (The sketch is posted here Dec. 14, 2016). Then I used it as a guide when I was ready to start painting, tracing the main lines of the sketch onto the canvas, using graphite paper. Since then, I have been working out lights and darks with thin layers of acrylic paint, using only brown (burnt umber) and white. I will add color soon, but right now this is "underpainting". Today I started by making some more corrections to the faces and adding some light to them. I think the likeness is getting there. I measured features on the reference photo and the canvas, I turned the canvas upside-down and painted, and I looked at the painting in the mirror. All of that helps. I also worked a bit on both helmets and on the necks and shoulders. Finally, I worked on the sunglasses, adding lights and darks, working from the photo. I was surprised at by how much of a difference that made.