In September, I was invited to submit a few painting to the Fall opener at People’s Art Gallery. The October show is called “So Many Days, So Many Dead and its a mash-up of Halloween, Day of the Dead, and anything creepy, dead, or undead.
I was so excited when I received the invite, but then I saw the deadline. I had about 10 days to make a couple of paintings for the show. My first impulse was to give up and not do it. I’m a slow painter and the theme is not something I usually connect with. But then my instinct told me that I should stop being a coward and just try. It would nag at me if I let a chance to exhibit go just because I was lacking in confidence.
So I knuckled down and started to paint. I started with a classic Karloff type mad scientist and started having fun. Then I decided to try an undead woman. I didn’t want to do a zombie. I think they’re ugly and it would have been too much work. I just figured I’d make a sort of vampire woman. After agonizing over what to do, I kind of seized up again. I just didn’t know how to approach the painting. When I make my faces, I work so hard at making the eyes look alive. With this painting I had trouble figuring out how to make someone look undead, while still making a portrait that would make me happy. I struggled, swore, muttered to my muse and eventually I ended up with something I was pleased with.
So yay! I managed to get my paintings finished, framed (my husband made them up for me – sweet man!), and dropped off at the gallery with a day to spare.
The show will be over soon. It closes on Sunday, Nov 15. Now I’m working on paintings for another show in December. Yes, I’m doing the Big 500 again and I’m so excited!
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.
I got out my paints and did this little self-portrait sketch in acrylics on paper. I hadn’t painted in two years, so I was pleased with how this turned out. After working with colored pencils, it was kind of a relief to work with paints. Painting is so much more forgiving.
I have only a slightly sunburned neck and these daffodils to remind me of the glorious 78 degree sunny Saturday last. Now its cold and rainy again. Anyway, enough with my complaints about the manic-depressive weather patterns around here. I sat and worked on more flower drawings. This is the best of the lot.
I started with a pen drawing and then painted everything with acrylics. After that I used watercolor pencils. I hope that someday I can capture that amazing radiant yellow that makes daffodils the cheery flowers they are.