Thursday, August 18, 2011

Day 5

I haven't posted any photos since day two, and like usual, what started out great, has run into a few problems....I am changing a few things from the reference photo, and I really don't want to put pictures on my blog that I am not crazy about. 
I think I have worked out the problems, but probably won't post any more photos until I am happy with my revisions....and who knows how long that will take....

Monday, August 15, 2011

Day 2

Yesterday I continued to "block in" the hair, and started to paint the neck and shoulders.  The hair always needs many layers, especially because the burnt umber is so "thin",and it dries fast.  I never like the look at this point, but at least it is filled in, and gives an idea of what the hair will look like in the finished painting.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Day One: another painting in progress...

Do I dare post another painting in progress?  I am so excited by, not only my new model, but my new way of painting, that I thought I would take a chance and show my newest painting in progress.
I have been trying to figure out how to see more detail in my photographs, whether that meant getting a new lens, a new camera or I even considered working from an ipad....After checking out lenses, I realized that I could change some of my camera settings, and that would give me more detail.  Then I checked out my neighbor's ipad, and decided it was too small for what I needed. I was talking about the problem to my son, Shane, and he suggested I get a tv monitor that I could hook up to my computer and paint directly from that.  What a good idea!
So I went out and bought a new tv monitor that is 27",(because for now that seems quite big enough.)  My husband hooked it all up for me, and so far it has been amazing!  Now I don't have to have my photos printed to paint from, and I can control the color, etc. myself, directly from the computer!  I can zoom in close to see the detail, and I think I have solved some of my problems....Yay!!
My other good news is that I have two new beautiful models!  This painting is of Ayla, and I have so many good photographs of her, it was hard to decide which one to paint first.

This first post is of painting: Day One.