Wednesday, June 29, 2011
I did this sketch today. It was great fun! I wanted to do the lost sheep from a more modern perspective, but finding an image of a shepherd carrying a sheep over his shoulders took FOREVER. There are about a bajillion paintings of it, but I can't copy someone else's painting! (my spell check is telling me that I spelled 'else's' wrong....that's puzzling me.) I finally found one image, and then the shepherd was...um...a touch portly. I really wanted an in-shape shepherd, for some reason. So I had my hubby pose in the appropriate stance. It worked! I definitely have to "poof" the sheep when it comes time to paint, but this works from a sketch-point-of-view. Can't wait to paint this one!
On another note, I forgot to post pics of the first two canvases I painted in this set. You've seen the sketches, here are the finished products:
Monday, June 27, 2011
....Mr. and Mrs. Goose.
Or is that Mr. Goose and Mrs. Gander?
Either way, they're a lovely family. I ran across them in Littleton while visiting the Littleton Historical Museum (or some such name). They just meander around, across the lawn and around the benches. They were completely unconcerned by my presence, which made picture taking very easy!
Tonight seemed just right to draw them. The sun was making the back side of the Peak glow, American Pickers was on TV, and there was a very slight breeze coming in my open back door. AND I had a brand new pen to try out! No surprise!
Friday, June 24, 2011
These took me four solid days. Nothing else got done. My hubby cooked (or we ate out), the laundry piled up, my flowers almost died from neglect, and the bills got ignored. Murphy was at Camp all week, so I could focus, focus, focus.
Four more to go!
Saturday, June 18, 2011
A little over a year ago I took a brief (weekend) road-trip with three girl-friends. We drove down to Taos, stayed one night, and then continued on to Santa Fe. It was great fun! We ate yummy food, talked until our mouths were tired, visited galleries for hours on end, stopped at all sorts of beautiful spots, took an amazing amount of pictures, got lost looking for Julia Roberts' house, found an bakery with really yummy cream puffs, and generally had a fantastic time.
The New Mexico landscape is really different from the mountians of Colorado...beautiful in a whole new way. There's definitely a lot of sky, and the wild flowers seem to go on forever. I painted this from one of the pics I took. It's oil on masonite.
Monday, June 13, 2011
These are the latest sketches for the set of parable paintings I'm doing for my church. I haven't the least idea what to do for the backgrounds. Clearly I'll have to decide that before the deadline! And my markers make skin-tone very difficult to nail down. Clearly I'll have to decide what to do with that, as well!
The first one is the parable of the persistent widow...you know, the one who kind-of nagged the unrighteous judge until he finally gave her what she wanted. Then Jesus compares our Heavenly Father's care for us, and how He gives us good things. The idea is that we need to persevere in prayer.
The second is the parable of the talents. I kept changing my mind about this one. I even had the reference shots all done and ready to go, but at the last minute I didn't like them. So I had to go scrounging. These are loose interpretations of three different pics of family members. I thought I had altered them enough, and then my nephew recognized his grandmother! Oops! Sorry mom! Did you ever wonder how you would look blonde? I'm still not sure about this one. Does it communicate? Does the man to the right look sheepish over his lack of wise use of his talent? Do the other two look like they're rejoicing (which would be reasonable), or gloating (which would be bad!)? Who knows...I may change this one again.
There you have it. My angst!
Saturday, June 11, 2011
I just finished painting this for the daughter of a friend. Rumor has it she squealed. I think that means she liked it. And that's a wonderful thing!
My friend provided me with the reference pic, which is a tricky thing. It took me a really long time to wrap my brain around that whole bottom section just being BLACK. And if you look closely, you'll see that I cheated. It's not ALL black. I just couldn't do it, for some reason!
Friday, June 10, 2011
I have a friend who is sick. I wanted to send her flowers, and her hubby told me that she loves roses. Five days went by and I never managed to get my act together to actually SEND the roses! Pathetic! She was going to get better and I would have never sent the flowers (haha....the nerve of her....to get better before I could do something nice...hahahah!!)!
So, last night I dug through all my references and pulled out three or four pics of roses. I used to believe that you had to have a reference photo that was exactly what you wanted to draw, but over the past several months I've been learning that it's POSSIBLE to combine several pics into one drawing. I have an artist friend who does this all the time, but I believed it was a skill that was beyond me. Isn't it fantastic that we can LEARN??
This card is drawn with all one line and then filled in with colored pencils.
Thursday, June 9, 2011
These are the preliminary sketches for the next canvases at my church. The final paintings will be slightly different....color choices will change, the finger tips of the father hugging the son will change...things like that. As it turns out, I won't be painting the camel, but the sketching of it was great fun! I'm not going to tell you what parables these go with...if I've done my job well, you'll be able to tell! I'll be painting these before the month is out. I'll post pics when I'm done.
It sometimes amazes me how much time goes into the PREP of a painting. These three have consumed me for weeks now. I had to get reference photos. Then I had to get more reference photos because the ones I had weren't quite right. In some cases I combined several photos to come up with what I wanted. Sketch one. Not quite right. Sketch two. No, that's bad. Sketch three. Wait a minute....this is all wrong and needs to be completely changed! Sketch four! You get the idea.
Even with all the angst and re-drawing, I LOVE doing this!