Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Day Two....

Yesterday I worked on the hair.  Blocking it in, and then I'll go in later and refine it...probably more than once. I have been adjusting the face color as I go along, and once again think I prefer my old camera's photo of the painting.  The new camera seems too light, and when I put it on vivid it turns too orange and green.  When I darken it, it somehow lacks definition???  (Still working it out.)

At this point, I start to consider the background.  My husband suggested wings, which would look really cool, if I could get them to look real enough.  (I just don't want it to look too Victoria Secret.)  And while I know "you" haven't seen what the whole image that I am painting will look like, yet, I am thinking of incorporating something I have never done.......but I'm not quite ready to share it.  It could be amazing!!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

New Painting!

I have many paintings that need to be finished, but felt like I needed a "jump start", to get me moving forward, so I started a new painting.  My photography has gotten better, and my models have been extraordinary, so here is my newest painting in progress.  It is only a little more than one day's work.  I don't ever post nude photos of my models, but I thought this might be interesting to show a photo of my model; Harmony (head only), next to the painting in progress.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Photographing paintings....

I realize I haven't posted for awhile, but I have been so busy trying to get some paintings finished, and I am glad to say that it is coming along nicely!  If you have read this blog before you know that I love to start paintings, but that in between part, sometimes get tedious. Dealing with background etc.  My favorite thing to paint is the figure, (unless it is a still life painting, lol) so these past few weeks have been a joy, taking my first layer of quickly laid paint, and softening and smoothing it to look like creamy white skin. 
New camera

Old camera

My current muse/model, has the most beautiful fair skin, and combine that with the fact that I have learned how to take better photographs, so her skin doesn't look so orange, I think the combination has greatly improved my paintings!

New Camera

I am still getting used to my new camera, and am learning more everyday.  I cannot seem to get the same look of the actual painting in the photograph.  I have tried changing most all of the settings, so I even tried using my old camera.  I am going to post a few of the different photos of one painting, using different settings and even different cameras.
Old camera

The painting; my "muse" with another Thiebaud painting, (no title yet) is still in progress (left hand still has first layer of paint, and you can see how much more yellow it is), and I can't wait to punch up the background with another layer of thick paint!