Archive for the ‘Process’ Category

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Painting Update: Curtis On Guitar

August 13, 2018

I have a little progress to show on the new acrylic painting, laying in an undertone base. I decided to take the canvas off the stretcher frame, since I never much cared for the spongy feel of a stretched canvas. I drew in rough outlines first using an orange pastel, and the bounce of the canvas was leaving indentations from the wood frame. So, I just taped the canvas to a sheet of plastic. Now the water won’t bother it. I may even add clips to the edges of the wood frame I took it off of, and stretch it like I do for watercolor painting, to keep the wrinkles away. We’ll see. I’ll glue mount it to a wood panel when I’m finished.

I’m using a rough undertone wash of colors complementary to what I have planned. I covered the pastel drawing with a thin coat of acrylic medium to keep that from mixing into the paint, and then added thin color washes.

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Starting a New Painting: Curtis On Guitar

August 6, 2018

I wanted to get back to painting again after all the ink drawings I’ve been doing lately, and for my subject I chose my recent sketch of Curtis playing guitar.

I got a general “future vision plan” of what I hoped it would turn out to look like in my head, and then chose an 18 x 24″ canvas that I had previously stretched a long time ago. I think this time the media will be acrylic paint, since I haven’t used that in awhile. I scaled up the original drawing on a larger sheet of newsprint as an outline drawing, and next I will transfer that to the canvas. Wish me luck!

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Painting Final: Over Her Shoulder

April 6, 2018

Okay, I’m calling her mostly done. I’ll likely go back over it later with some touch-ups after I let her sit for awhile.

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Painting Update: Over Her Shoulder

April 3, 2018

Got all the holiday business out of the way, and sat back down at the easel to get this painting further along. I had to wrestle a bit with her hair, but I think it’s starting to look right. Her face will be the next area to work on.

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New Painting Started: Over Her Shoulder

March 29, 2018

Okay, I finally got around to working up a new painting on that stretched paper I showed in my previous post. This will be taken from an old life drawing sketch I made a few years back.

I first sketched out the outline on the paper with a conte crayon, then used a wash of thin yellow ochre casein. I darkened that up by adding a little cadmium red. This cardstock paper is too thin for anything substantial. The water is really breaking it up, but not too badly to use for sketching. The paint layers from here on will have to be less wet.

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Painting Final: Coffee at the Window

February 19, 2018

There’s some cleaning up needed and lines to be straightened out, but I’ll still call this a final version.

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Painting Update 4: Coffee at the Window

February 6, 2018

A little further along. I’ve painted in her figure and left hand, started on the sink area, and retouched the background in a couple places.

If you look closely in the dark area of her figure you can see a few sprinkles of raindrops that got to it as I took this photo. Fortunately, they evaporated quickly without any damage when I dashed back inside.