I am surprising myself with the likenesses I'm able to capture in my family paintings. The difficulty with this one was getting the prospective or sizes correct because the photo I painted from was taken looking down on us somewhat. It would have been easier if the camera were straight on us. Anyway, I was pleased with it. Fred was leaning on a counter and I left out the complicated background. I really only wanted to keep my focus on the figures during this challenge. I look forward to painting larger pictures and getting out my larger brushes.
Busy day yesterday and I just got this posted. This was a quick study. The beautiful lady on the left is my husband's aunt who is 90 years old. You would never know it. Yes, she has brunette hair and it's lovely! We couldn't keep up with her while walking on the beach! She left sunny California to visit us in sunny Florida.
Before I even paint today for the painting challenge, I had to revisit this painting. I was not happy with the lack of details in the faces. I framed in the girls a little more and added more contrasts in their clothes and legs. I don't know if it's better, but it is now satisfying to me.
Tried some of my phthalo green and got a much brighter green. It's the green I used for the dark haired child's pants and mixed with yellows for the yellow greens. The blue is the phthalo blue mostly and some ultramarine. I think I'll leave out much of the backgrounds from my photos to speed up the painting. This challenge for me is to study figurative painting. It might be time for me to look at painting faces. The post from yesterday needs a lot of work. The bodies are ok with me but I didn't really have a clue what to do with their faces. I don't even know if the value of their faces in shadow was close. Probably needed to be darker?.... Any advice???
This is not the first time I've done this scene. I've struggled with this photograph many times. I thought I would give it a try again since this challenge for me is a study of doing figures. Getting the shadows on the faces was the hardest. The photo showed some highlights on the children's faces, but when I put them there and looked in the mirror - whoa, it was not good. I reworked it many times before I was satisfied with the results.
After struggling with this painting, I went to my blog list just to peruse and happened upon Taryn Day's blog http://awakeandpainting.blogspot.com/. In her blog there are links to interviews with her. In one of her interviews she talks about painting from photos. She said this "I always paint from my computer monitor, because the sense of depth is so much better than in a photographic print. I often turn the image upside down to get a fresh take on the shapes and colours. I use relatively large brushes so I’m forced to focus on the large shapes first."
What a fabulous find for me and just what I needed to learn today. Thanks, Taryn!!! Check out her work. She's incredible!!!
Can someone tell me how to get a bright pink? I used permanent rose mixed with red and it brightened up the pink but still looks red to me. I also tried quinacridone rose and alizarin crimson. I'm wondering about the Gamblin radiant colors. If you'd tried them or have any other suggestions, that would be great!
The day started off well, but I struggled with getting a painting done today. I had two other photos that I was trying to work through, but just couldn't get them done. I had in my mind that I would do a couple today because I won't have time to paint tomorrow, and I think that pressure affected my painting mood. Anyway, I am pleased with this one.
This was my granddaughter when I picked her up from school yesterday. Of course, when she saw the camera, she knew to pose for her grandma. I wanted to highlight the shadows so this would look more like the actual painting but Picasa changed today when I got on and I'm going to have to learn it. Always challenging my technology skills....
I found out that I've been missing some of my wonderful comments because they have been going into my junk mail. I will be sure to check this next time. I'm sorry I missed some of you but got them today. They mean so much! Thank you!
Got out my phthalo blue today and I love it! We can all relate to this mom watching that her kids don't go too far out.
I didn't have to deliberate over the color choices much today. An artist that I once worked with told me that once I accomplished or learned something, it would stick in my brain. I guess that some things are beginning to stick.... about time!! More work to do.....
Enjoyed doing the flesh tones in this one. This scene was in Lido Beach, FL and this is my niece. We were walking together and trying to capture some good photos for my painting. The photo of her was the best of all! She just gave birth to another baby girl which makes five girls for her!
Another grandchild playing with a plastic bag! Don't worry. She was gathering things in the yard.
This pose posed problems. P P P but I think I did it. One of my favorite artists, Robin Cheers http://robincheers.blogspot.com/ , has many paintings looking down on people. You'll have to check her out.
This is my niece a few years ago. Lots of warmth in this painting. I also started with a pink underpainting as I have the last four paintings. I know you don't want half warm and half cool. The darks are cool and I tried to cool the background at the top. This is something I was working on.
I'm a day late posting because in the short hours I had in my day to paint yesterday, I scraped off two times. But what I learned is that I like to paint from photos that have good source light whether it be backlit or side or front. In many of the beach scenes, the source of light comes from the sides, thus nice, shadows that have pleasing shapes as Peggi Kroll Roberts http://krollrobertsstudio.blogspot.com/ would say.
This painting was easy for me, but yesterday's photo just ended up flat and I couldn't change it to make it work. That is what I know about the place I'm at as an artist right now. I can paint what I see, but to create my own source light and go with it, I'm not that experienced yet. You've just got to put in the miles, which is why this challenge is so important to me.
I haven't listed any of my paintings for sale yet. I'm looking at this challenge as a study of figure painting and want to compare them for now, but they will go up for sale sometime unless they are my family and they go to them first.
This painting was the toughest by far. I had a hard time getting the blues that I wanted. Usually ultra is very bold when mixed with white. It, however, looked gray on the fender of the front wheel and on the seat. After much mixing, I somewhat got the blue I wanted. I found putting warm and cool blues side by side does help. I definitely learned some things and made many decisions during the few hours it took to complete this painting.
This is my granddaughter Amanda when she was little. She is also the Yellow Bikini beach beauty from a couple of days ago. Yesterday, the painting titled Yellow Bucket was her little sister, Annabelle, at four years of age. She's now seven. I'm so lucky to have such beautiful models. More to come....
I am in the groove now. The most difficult part of the process today was the drawing with the child leaned over like this and the background. The photo had such energy and movement in the background but I wanted the child to stand out. I grayed down the water which made her pop. Love it when I do something right.
Today was a much better painting day. I actually painted this one in just less than an hour. I'm happy with the results, especially the color combinations which this photo really doesn't show. I had to photograph this one inside on my mantle. Not the best light.
Thanks to all of you who have commented on my blog. This challenge has introduced me to so many incredible artists. I'm having fun!
Not a good day for painting today. The one above is my third painting of the day. I even watched a PKR DVD before painting for inspiration. There are men working on our new garage out back of our house and maybe that's my problem. Usually I zone out when painting. I'm ok with the way she turned out but not too crazy about the background...oh...I really do love the beach, just not my painting of it today.
I'm wishing I had a better camera or way of photographing my paintings. I save and edit my photos in Picasa Web Albums and still the brush strokes and subtle color changes within color masses don't show as they are in the original. I will keep working on it and appreciate any suggestions.
I'm going to post this one and try another. It's amazing how these little painting glitches put me in a frustrated mood. I need to end the day of painting with success!!
The first day brought many nice comments which I really appreciate. I hope to visit others' blogs and do the same. It's nice to know we're all about the same thing and love to paint!
This picture is my husband fishing at the beach down in Sarasota. He's been a good model for me when he didn't even know it.
I posted below the photo I painted from and do feel that I captured him even though that's not my intent on every figurative. I want to paint looser and concentrate on values rather than so much on likenesses, but can't help when it's family.
I followed Peggi Kroll Roberts system and massed in the shadows first. I try to do this with all my paintings. I divided my palette and put the darks on the right and the lights on the left as she suggested and found this was helpful in getting my values correct. I think I'm going to need to lay out more paint. I'm so lucky that Dick Blick is not far from my house.
Today is my first day of the 30 day challenge. It is my hope that this experience will help me grow in my painting skill, technique, and confidence. It's always better to set one's goals high, right? Got to get those painting miles in if I want to grow.
Painting every day will be very challenging for me. I tend to get into slumps where I don't know what to paint, can't get loosened up for one reason or another to create something I'm pleased with, and don't stay with a theme long enough to practice and grow as I should.
Leslie Saeta http://lesliesaeta.blogspot.com/, an incredible artist I've been following, created this challenge. She suggests that we have a theme. This posed a dilemma for me. What do I want to paint for 30 days? I want to maintain my enthusiasm, but most of all, I want to learn through my practice and study. As I looked at all the paintings I have done, I realized I really enjoy doing figuratives and want to learn more. Hence, my theme for this challenge is Studies in Figuratives. I want to learn how to paint them more loosely and will revisit my Peggi Kroll Roberts DVDs http://krollrobertsstudio.blogspot.com/. I will use my old photos, repaint some of them, and use my daughter as my model and anyone else who will pose for me. Should be fun!