Wednesday, February 18, 2009

trying my hand at landscapes

I finally got a new camera and got a chance to take a new picture! I'm leaving the old one up for comparison.

This is the start of my second real landscape.
I started this painting on the family reunion trip to California. We were staying in Kirkwood, California, near Lake Tahoe. I hiked up the mountain behind the resort one day and started painting. I didn't have a huge amount of time and it gets pretty darn cold at 8000 feet, so I only did a rough sort of sketch to get a feel for it. I took a picture to work from.
Well, I didn't get around to working on it again til the other day. It wasn't anything to look at before this, and this is still only partway. I'm planning on adding more detail to the foreground and glazes of colour of the background to give it that blue washed out sorta feeling that you get looking at distant mountains.
I really want to work at landscapes, because they don't come naturally to me like figure work does. I also want to try my hand at cityscapes, but I'm taking baby steps here!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

self portrait wip

First stage of a self portrait. Mostly done cause I got this parasol for Christmas and wanted to paint it.

Monday, February 16, 2009

quick study

Did a quick small study of a candle last night. It's about done, but I want to throw on some wash layers to brighten up the flame. Used acrylic for the base coat as I am too lazy to wait for oils to dry.

Mantlepiece Portraits, part 2

Got a new picture of it finally! Leaving the other for comparisons sake.

I've been painting, really! My camera hasn't been working though, so that's why I haven't been updating. I'll be posting stuff all week. Really need to get the camera a new battery now that I know that's the issue.
Anyway, progress on the mantlepiece portrait. Need to get canvas for Renée's.
Mine is nearing completion now. Need to add some highlights and some more washes of colour on the skin, but just about finished.
Just a note- the picture made it much redder than it is. I'll get a better shot for the final once I can take more than 5 pictures without my camera battery dying...

Now it's time to animate! Cheerio.