Friday, February 15, 2019

Special Commission (Portrait in Pencil) as of Feb. 10, 2019


I drew this from a selfie that my son took with his girlfriend.  He commissioned me to do this double portrait as a Valentine surprise.  I started this at home in Massachusetts and finished it in Nashville during our trip. This is how my pencil portrait looked on February 10th, just about finished. As usual, towards the end of the process, I was making lots of small changes. 

Friday, February 08, 2019

Special Commission (Portrait in Pencil) as of Feb. 8, 2019


This double portrait was commissioned by my son, who called from Nashville to  ask me to draw a portrait based on a selfie he had taken with his girlfriend, for a Valentine's Day surprise. We had a trip to Nashville coming right up, so I started the portrait at home in Massachusetts, and took it along on the plane. Once we got to Nashville, I continued to work on this drawing a little bit every night.  Although it wasn't a surprise for long, I decided not to post it until it was finished. This is how it looked on February 8th.

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Special Commission (Portrait in Pencil) as of Feb. 6, 2019


This is picture of a portrait in progress. This is a double portrait in pencil as it looked on February 6th, the day after I started working on it.  This project is a commission from my son, who asked me to draw this double portrait from a selfie he had taken with his girlfriend. We were getting ready to leave for Nashville to visit them, so I started it here in Boston and then took it along to finish during our trip. This is his Valentine's gift to his girlfriend. At first it was a surprise. (That didn't last long!) But anyway I decided to delay posting until the portrait was finished. 

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Grasses, Fence, and Melting Ice (Digital Woodcut)


This image began with a photo that I took yesterday during our walk at the Cummings Center Pond here in Beverly, MA. Due to cold weather followed by a rapid warmup to around 60 degrees, the pond was a patchwork of ice and water.  I liked the contrast of the fence, the tall grasses, and the ice, so I took a picture. Today I edited the original and then used Painter to add the digital woodcut effect.

Special Commission (Portrait in Pencil) as of Feb. 5, 2019


This is the beginning of a special project that I started on about a week ago, a double portrait in pencil.  My son called to ask me to do a double portrait from a selfie he had taken with his girlfriend.  We were getting ready to leave for Nashville to visit them, so I started it right away and then took it along to finish on the road. This was to be a surprise for February 14, so I didn't start posting it right away. But by now it is done.  Here is how it looked the day I began, February 5th.

Monday, February 04, 2019

A Break in the Ice


Last week we were in a deep freeze, here north of Boston, and felt lucky to see temperatures over 10 degrees.  Today the afternoon temperature was around 60. This won't last so we took a walk at the pond at the Cummings Center.  It was interesting to see the pattern of ice and water on the pond, so I took some pictures.  Tonight I edited this one.

Sunday, February 03, 2019

Dancers (Painting) as of Feb. 3, 2019


This morning, I did some more work on this portrait. I am still making modifications to the positions of the two figures. Today I marked several vertical lines on the photo print-out I am using as a reference as well as on the canvas,  and then made adjustments for accuracy. This is not easy because...foreshortening. I also rough in the lines of the floorboards just to see if those diagonals will help the composition. There are still mistakes I want to fix, and lots of work ahead, but I think this is going in the right direction. To be continued. . . .

Saturday, February 02, 2019

Dancers (Painting) as of Feb. 2, 2019


I worked some more on this double portrait today.  I made a lot of small changes in the positions of the figures.  I am working in acrylic on canvas, and at the moment, and keeping the paint transparent, which makes it easier to make changes.