|#13 - Hamlet, the Pug- 6x6", Oil on MDF Panel (SOLD)|
Feb 19, 2015
Feb 8, 2015
|#12- Hard Knocks, 6x6", MDF Board|
This is from a mugshot I found online, and the likeness is changed. I loved the chiseled planes of this man's face, and his world weary expression. Portraits are my first love, so I am sure I will keep using this subject for many of these paintings. This one took around two hours, start to finish, not counting the time needed to gesso or tint the panel.
This time, I tried balancing a warmer magenta with pretty intense Thalo green. I also used a bit of cadmium red, medium when I needed further warmth. So, this was a limited palette, but not my usual limited palette.
In case anyone is interested, here is the palette for this one:
Cadmium Red, Medium (a touch)
I painted it on a panel that was lightly tinted with burnt sienna.
I like working with limited palettes, and have possibly relied too heavily on my normal one, which is a kind of modified Zorn palette. What that does is give me a lot of control because I get how one color will mix with another, and how the mix will appear next to other mixes from the palette. Maybe that's good, but maybe that's keeping me reliant on only a few colors. Someone once told me I seemed allergic to blue. I might be. Not sure.
I am totally okay with using black. Some people like to mix it themselves, controlling the temperature and color within it. Since I'm self taught, and also allow myself to do whatever seems to work for me, I am pretty good at disregarding theory and discarding any hope of becoming a purist. That's my excuse, anyway.
My regular palette for working with portraits is:
Cad Red Medium
(+Naples Yellow because I'm lazy)
The mix of black and white gives a mostly convincing blue relative to the warmer tones, and the green you get with the yellow ochre and black is highly workable too.
Possibly too much information.
(Hard Knocks is priced at $60, including shipping. For inquiries, please email me.)
Feb 6, 2015
|#11- Pug Face 1 - 6x6", Oil on MDF Panel- SOLD|
It still counts as small daily paintings!
I have made a deal with myself with these pieces, and part of the deal is a public declaration. I will paint 4 per week, or give myself the penalty of cleaning the basement and/or the attic for four hours if I fall short. I fell short last time, and our freezer is defrosted and the basement got some attention, as well. Needless to say, it can use a bit more attention, but I'm hoping that will come much later. I plan to get cranking and keep these coming. Cleaning basements is not fun.
After these, and possibly scattered between these pugs, I'm going to do a couple of faces, and maybe some water reflection pieces. I have a lot of ideas! I can't wait to get back to the easel.
Feb 5, 2015
|#10 - Shaggy Dog 1, 8x8, oil on Wood Panel|
I've been painting, but these small pieces are tending to a heavy impasto, and take a while to dry, so I'm going to need a little time before posting. But this one was just dry enough to scan, and I'm sharing it.
This dog was lying out in front of a pub in England, and my husband, Paul took his picture. He is a sweet old thing. I enjoyed painting this.
(This piece is 8x8 inches square and is priced at $75, including shipping. For purchase arrangements, please email me. )