Sunday, January 31, 2010

I thought December was busy, but it seems "catch-up" has caught up with ME!  This painting I managed to get done this week, and I am working on ideas for others, but research is time consuming.  This painting is a backdrop for the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo mission patches which are a part of Mike's collection of NASA memorabilia.  It is a tribute to hope, courage and ambition.  I will post a picture of it with patches mounted soon.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Hope.........finished.  This little girl took a little time, using three photo references, and a lot of decision making, but worth the effort.  I softened the redness in her cheek and punched up the light a little more on the wave of hair since this photo.  I am entering her in a juried competition this month.  I just need to get a better photo.  We'll see how that works out.  One never knows........

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Thursday, January 7, 2010

Now that all the deadlines have been met, and all the grunt work of taking down exhibits is done, I can concentrate again on making art.
I have recently done a few value studies on 8X18 gessoed masonite, quickly done, 30 min or less, and lots of fun!  As a lesson, it was not only values that I reinforced, but the value of utilizing just a little bit of painting time.  It always seemed to me that just an hour or two was hardly worth the effort of setting up and cleaning up the palette.  Not so, which I learned with this exercise.  Thanks Dave for offering this lesson! (cropped till I fill out with other studies)


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