I created this 6″x 6″ painting for a friend of mine. She’s starting an Indiegogo campaign soon and asked for donations of items she could use for incentives. So pleased with how this turned out. But I like the preliminary painted sketch better. Oh well, that’s the way it goes sometimes.
The quote isn’t on the original painting. I just thought I’d try creating a meme that I could share on Pinterest. Feel free to pin it if you’d like.
Last month I decided to take a break from artist trading cards and work on something larger. I found an old 5.5″ x 8″ mixed-media sketchbook that I had not quite finished and and some tubes of black and white acrylic paint so I decided to practice acrylic portrait painting.
I find that I really enjoy painting portraits in acrylic despite the fact that a sketch like this would have probably taken much less time if I had used oil paint.
I start with a basic sketch and then just build the image with lots of thin layers of paint. I make sure that I move from dark to light, just as if I were working with oils. My method is probably a lot more tedious than it needs to be, but I like the results.
Here is the last gift for the Secret Solstice gift swap that I participated in last month. This was the one I was most nervous about. This cowboy painting was for my new art pal Joan. At some point we had done an ATC trade and she had requested a cowboy drawing. I made her a little pen drawing with a lot of hatching. She liked it, so I thought I would surprise her with a larger cowboy painted in color. The problem was I hadn’t worked in color for quite a while and I wasn’t sure if I could get my groove back by the mailing deadline. But fortunately, I pulled it together and made some decent color choices. I sure would like to get more comfortable with the medium though.
Joan told me how much she liked the painting. Boy, was I relieved.
Here’s a little bulldog drawing for an artist trading card I made by request. I have mixed feelings about this drawing. I think the eyes turned out okay, but it just seems to be missing something. Maybe it’s that the whites are too white. I’m still experimenting with gouache and not quite comfortable with it.
One of the ongoing swaps over at Illustratedatcs.com is the Art History 102. Each month the host chooses an artist and we can make cards adapted from one of the artists works or create a work in the artist’s style. I signed up for the Van Gogh month and this is the best card of the three I did.
I wanted to try some acrylic painting. Since I have a tendancy toward muted tones I thought working from some Van Gogh paintings would be an excellent way to experiment and practice. I had no real interest in copying the painting exactly. I just wanted to focus on color and see if I could get through a painting without it turning out brownish and dull.
I’m pleased with how this turned out. Now that I look at it again I wish that I had kept it.
I’ve been working on sketches for cards I have due soon. I’ve been having a heck of a time. I signed up for something called a PAT or Pick-a-Theme. You sign up for a group (usually about 5 people) and each group member chooses a theme for the others to work on. Well, when I signed up for it two months ago I was all for moving out of my comfort zone and not being afraid, yadda, yadda…Anyway, now they are due soon and I’m panicking!
I’ve been making sketches, which I will not share, and I managed my first card on Monday. It’s supposed to be a “wisdom-filled crone.” I think I did pretty well considering I was working from my imagination. Maybe she looks more cynical than wise. I don’t know.
I’ve been working on this for a few days. I’m getting close finishing it. I’m still trying to figure out what to do with the background. The hair needs work as well. Heck, I’m still just trying to figure out watercolor. I get some good effects, but they just seem so accidental. I want to know what I’m doing!!!! Argh!
*Whew* Tantrum over. No point in stressing about it.
I’m putting this aside for a few days and coming back to it.