Sunday, 6 December 2009
It is always a good idea to let your painting sit for a few days or a week to give you a fresh approach .
I wanted to make Glenns face stand out more, and not become lost in the background. So I lightened the background with the blue, I also darkened his shirt which also added to helping Glenns face be the focus.
This also gives a great tonal variation.
Monday, 30 November 2009
Monday, 16 November 2009
Lady Steampunk, she is quite a character, and has the most gorgeous set of dreadlocks I have seen. Actually I am sure they are a wig, but no matter, she still looks beautiful!!
This lady has some great reference photos, and she has an array of costume. I am looking forwards to painting more !!
Thursday, 12 November 2009
This gorgeous lady is painted from a stock photo by Mizzd-stock from Deviant Art.
It is an oil on 18x24" canvas, which is a lovely size for this painting.
She is still in the process of being finished, and I am having a wonderful time painting her, as quirky as she is, I love it!!
Lots left to do though, her corset and top as well as gloves. Background and lower half of painting.
Saturday, 17 October 2009
Had a wonderful day today with just myself and my paints, the kids were with Nanna, Yeah!! So I took advantage of this time to finish Ted. I mainly wanted to correct the tonal values and temperatures in his face , he was way too warm. I also was aiming to change the colours I had blocked in for his shirt and the background.
Sometimes I need to paint the portrait more to figure out the colours of the background. I like to incorporate the skin tones as well as colours in the clothing into a background. I find this does give the portrait a harmonious finish.
Saturday, 10 October 2009
Today I spent my time painting Ted, mainly trying to paint spontaniously .
Ted was a fighter pilot in the second world war. He flew Kittyhawks and Spitfires in many battles, was shot down three times, and experienced many terrible conditions that war brings. I am honoured to
know and paint Ted, a real champion!!!! he is 91!!!
Monday, 21 September 2009
Saturday, 5 September 2009
Tuesday, 18 August 2009
This is my son Elijah in dads 1948 Bedford, which he took 2 years restoring. Now he has a 1928 Buick, in desperate need of some TLC, which dad lovingly gives each day in the shed. I am looking forwards to going for a drive in the Buick :) ...
Wednesday, 12 August 2009
Thursday, 9 July 2009
Monday, 22 June 2009
This is Ursula, a cute pomeranian. A commissioned pastel painting of a much loved doggie ...
It has been ages since I have done a dog portrait, and ages since I have had my fingers in the pastels. Don't say I miss the pastels :)
Now .... lets get my oil paints out!!!
Saturday, 6 June 2009
Painted with oils on stretched canvas,
Sunday, 17 May 2009
Last Friday I visited the local retirement village to spend time with some of the residence. I took my pastel pencils, canson drawing paper, and had a really lovely time .
This lady to our left is Melva. She was so happy to have her portrait drawn, she even slipped away before hand to put some lippy on :)
Using a soft grey Canson paper, indian red pastel pencil for the darks and a white for highlights.
Joycie was all comfy near the warmth of the window reading her book, her face moving from left to right with each page she read.
Mary is such a sweet lady with warm eyes and a big smile. As I started to draw her she told me she was very tired and might not be able to stay away. "That's fine" I told her as I had a smile to myself at how gorgeous these ladies are.
I love this drawing of Mary, it captures so much character , a beautiful lady...
Tuesday, 12 May 2009
This is Johnny, a fellow portrait artist who is from brentwood , TN, USA.
He and I have done a portrait swap!
Johnny had finished mine earlier in the year, so it was about time I started his portrait.
Portrait swaps are great fun, and you end up with a portrait of yourself :)
My palette for the skin tones ;
Friday, 8 May 2009
Reflections finished! She had a makeover last week, giving her some depth , although I am not sure whether to add more warmth to her face or not. I quite like the cool tones as it suggest a winters afternoon as she is snuggled up in her shawl.
This painting is for sale
Sunday, 3 May 2009
After pepairing my board with gesso, I toned it with a wash of terre verte and turpenoid. I have my reference picture and then proceed to draw the portrait, brush in hand with thinned down Terre Verte.
I am really stretching myself here, wanting to become much more loose with my style and not so boring with my portraits.
I really love the loose impressionistic style, with a touch of realism. Something I think you can only achieve with excellent drawing skills.
The under painting gives me a solid start to work on.
So yes, I did spend the entire afternoon painting and enjoying myself.
She still needs some eye work, as the terre verte under-drawing is showing,
and I am sure the shadows in her face need to be darkened.
Best thing to do is let this lady dry and sit for a few days...
While I do this housework!
Tuesday, 28 April 2009
There is something really romantic and meloncholy , (maybe mostly girly) about chaise lounges swirly flower patterns and Old World Style clothes :)
This is an oil painting I am working on, still playing around with the background and more refining to be done here and there, but!!!
This is in essence ME!! you know we all have a dream somewhere inside that relates to ourselves, lol... wierd, I know!!
Thursday, 19 February 2009
Thursday, 22 January 2009
Sunday, 18 January 2009
from one of her books and found it very valuable for information. This portrait is one I finished using her techniques.
Pastel portrait on Canson paper.
Friday, 2 January 2009
and interior scenes.