Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Final Session Zora

Final class with this model. Really not finished, but the drawing improved a great deal. The glare  made the shadow colors hard to judge while painting, so that I thought they were much lighter than they look here. Missed one session with this model and am feeling the loss! Next week on to a new painting...Aloha!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Changing Light

This season, I enrolled in the daytime portrait class instead of the usual evening. The light changes dramatically and unpredictably in the room, as well as introducing glare onto our wet canvases. So, adjustments must be made. Really starting to enjoy the challenges and not just get frustrated by them. Painting along side a talented group of students makes it even more fun, every time.

Happily we have another session with this model. Already plotting what needs to be done (the eyes need to be wider and larger, the jaw softened, etc). I've made some of those edits on the second image in Photoshop. I've resisted the temptation to work between sessions, and don't even touch the painting of the model unless he or she is posing. Trying to keep it from life. Aloha!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Swim Team

Would probably be better to not  paint in the middle of the night...but better the middle of the night than never. Really truly needed to paint, and decided to dive back into the Daily Paintworks Challenges which I have been missing. The challenge was to paint a seated figure. Captured this photo some time ago, and always thought it would be fun to paint.  Course it has to dry and I have to try to get 2 hours of sleep! Sheez...Aloha!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Welcome 2012

Welcome to 2012! 
So great to be back at the easel after the Holidays...thankful for the time with family and to be heading in to the New Year on my feet again. Today it became really clear to me when I get paint on my fingers and on the canvas, the world just becomes a brighter and happier place.

Made it to the Rembrandt exhibition this past weekend  http://ncartmuseum.org/exhibitions/rembrandt/
First time I've been to the North Carolina Museum of Art and it is a lovely facility. Definitely a must-see exhibit and I understand the hours have been extended. Give yourself lots of time and take advantage of the knowledgeable docents. Here's to paint, today and in 1633. Aloha!