Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Secret Project (Closeup of Dog)

Yesterday I posted the final version of the double portrait I have been working on.  Here is a closeup of the same painting, taken when I finally achieved a likeness of our little dog. 

Monday, January 25, 2021

Secret Project (Double Portrait)

Today I worked on this double portrait.  I revised the hands, and repainted the hood on the jacket.  Then I did some basic cleanup near the edges.  Now I am ready to say this painting is finished, although I will still fix any problems that I notice.  What is left: paint the edges and add wire, and then send it off it its new owners. This is mixed media: acrylic paint with a bit of conte crayon.

Sunday, January 24, 2021

Secret Project (as of January 24, 2021)

I worked on this project this afternoon.  I focussed on the background, adding some more yellow, and then used an opaque wash to get that mint-green color back while softening the details.  I also made a lot of small corrections (the folds of the hood, the shadows on the bench, etc.), which I have learned to recognize as signs that I am almost finished.  Almost.  To be continued. . . 

Saturday, January 23, 2021

Secret Project (as of January 23, 2021)

This is my double portrait as it looks today.  I am getting close to finished.  Last night, I made a small change in the dog's face, and improved the likeness quite a bit. Today, apart from adding a touch of brown wash to the dog's fur, I worked exclusively on the background. I don't want the background to be too specific or detailed. My goal today was to add a bit more contrast so the figures would stand out.  I am also trying to gently suggest the surroundings (which are wetlands near Danvers, MA), The colors look more subdued than in yesterday's image,  largely because of the time of day that I took the photo. To be continued. . . .

Friday, January 22, 2021

Secret Project (as of January 22, 2021)

I returned to this double portrait today.  I worked on some details on the faces just a bit, and but spent most of the time on the background, especially the bench.

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Secret Project (as of January 21, 2020)

I did a little more work on this double portrait today.  I worked on the faces and did some more work on the background, which is a wetlands near  Danvers, MA.  This is getting close to finished. . .


Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Secret Project (as of January 19, 2021)

Here is my double portrait as it looked yesterday, January 19.  I continued work on the dog's face, and worked out the composition for the background.