Tuesday, June 25, 2013

One of a Pair

10 x 20 oil on canvas

Good start on my macaw to accompany the one I painted on June 19.  Hopefully I can sell them as a pair but failing that I have a special spot in my dining room for them.  I have much more work on this as the bottom is too "busy" for me right now and I need to work on tail feathers, etc. but overall I am pleased with today's progress.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Daily Paintworks Challenge - Hands

6 x 6 oil on canvas panel

This was the Daily Paintworks Challenge for the week and was it a tough one.  Hands are THE hardest thing to paint for me.  I started off real tight and tried each time to loosen up.  After I had finished I was trying to juggle my IPad and the painting and dropped it, smearing the top right hand - I was too tired after all of the struggle to go back and "clean it up".  That was the hardest hand for me also :(   

Thursday, June 20, 2013

People Practice

8 x 8 oil on stretched canvas

Practicing faces today - saw this in a newspaper .  The color in paper wasn't good so I tried to add a little extra -- fun session at easel today.  I love to paint people, just wish the skin tones were easier for me....practice.....practice.....practice!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Finished Parrot

10 x 20 oil on stretched canvas

Finally!  I was able to finish my parrot today.  We went to Atlanta for the weekend but prior to that, the day I started the parrot, I came home from painting and found that my refrigerator/freezer had quit working and it was jammed packed with food.  The frozen had already mostly thawed (I was gone all day) so I had to start cooking.   Between that and packing and getting ready for Atlanta and shopping for the "grands", I was worn out and had no time to finish.  I like the way the parrot turned out but had to just make up the background because the actual photo was way too busy.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Initial session on parrot

10 x 20 oil on stretched canvas

I started this today but it needs one more session and hopefully I can complete tomorrow.   I spent most of this session getting the parrot's colors down and his body shape in proportion.  I haven't decided what to do with the background yet, whether to stay with photo reference or make something up....

Tuesday, June 4, 2013