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Painting Final: Portrait of Janie

April 20, 2019

Finished on this except for some clean up. I noticed her mouth looked a little small, so I changed that, mostly on the left side.

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Painting Update: Portrait of Janie

April 17, 2019
painting of a young woman's face

Here’s an update on the new painting from this morning. I usually wait and work on the face of a portrait after I get everything else done, but decided this time to go ahead with the main attraction. It will need more work, but she’s mostly there. I think I’ve made her look younger again like the sketch, but I doubt she’ll mind.

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New Painting: Portrait of Janie

April 15, 2019

I’ve been away for several days working as a temp to get a little extra spending money, and anxious to get back to some fun work making art. Another perk of the job was meeting a new friend, Janie, who was kind enough to sit for a pencil sketch.

The sketch wasn’t quite accurate in the eyes and a few other areas, but I think I got it nailed in the painting. This is intended as a undertone for a finished painting, but as often happens this stage looks good enough to stop right here. I think I will press on anyway, but will pause to figure out where I want it to go forward. It’s in gouache paint on 9 x 12″ watercolor paper.

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Two New Sketches

March 31, 2019

I’m still trying to get something solid worked out for that library mural proposal, but haven’t quite nailed it down yet. Have a couple ideas, one is more about technique, the other about content, so I’ll see if I can’t bring them together somehow. I have until the end of the week.

In the meantime, here are a couple sketches I made recently as I went out to get more motivation and inspiration on ideas. For the man, I was concentrating on lines, and for the woman I wanted to show more shapes.

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Sketches: People at the Library

March 17, 2019

Well, I’m still alive. I’ve been struggling with the library mural concept I mentioned last time. Nothing solid is formulating as yet, so I decided to spend time at the library itself, just drawing people, and see what might come from that. Here are a few of the better sketches.

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Inspirational Mural Artists

March 10, 2019

An opportunity has risen recently for me to make a proposal for a mural project at a local library. I have about one month to work up a concept. To get some motivation, I have spent time online looking at pictures of favorite artists who have done this sort of work, such as John Singer Sargent, Frank Brangwyn, Dean Cornwell, and Maxfield Parrish. I found it interesting how they adapted their styles somewhat to this new format. Here are a few examples of their work I found that I would like to share.

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Two New Sketches: Eva and Miguel

February 24, 2019

I have two recent pencil sketches to show that I made while visiting my friends, Eva and Miguel, who were kind enough to pose for me. I had to give Miguel a paper to read to stop from fidgeting so much.