October 14, 2013

My First Oil Figure Painting

Oil on canvas panel

I've officially broken the ice:  for the first time I painted a portrait with oils! AND it came out pretty resemblant to the model, amazing uh? :))
I'm happy with the flesh colors that I came up with. Skin color is not easy to mix, and I with my limited palette I was able to create nice combinations of lights and darks, though the photo changed the hues a little.

I don't know if it is a good painting at the stranger's eyer, but it's great to me because it's the first one of a its kind.

I love giving myself new challenges and get over my own fears (or at least trying to! lol)

Thanks for stopping by,

October 4, 2013

Figure Painting - Work in Progress

Phase 1 of a two-week pose
We are in October already, can you believe it??
After painting every day in September, I changed a little bit gears for this month.

My goal is to keep painting as often as I can, but work on bigger paintings.
This means my postings will become more sparse, but it does not mean I'm not working. :)

Yesterday I started a painting a sunset on a 22" x 28" canvas. It's going to be a bigger version of a small one that I did in September.

Today I went to my weekly figure painting session, and started my first ever oil painting of a model.
She'll be  back next week with the same pose, so it's not even close to finished yet.

My biggest challenge is mixing flesh colors. It has been fun overall, and for being the first oil portrait I can only be happy with the midpoint results.
We'll see how it evolves next week. :)

Have a wonderful day!  :)

October 1, 2013

Collage of My September Paintings

Collage of Most of My Small Paintings Completed in September 2013
In September 2013 I tried to paint daily for the first time, and I loved the experience!  I did not get to create 30 paintings, but it's OK. Some days I did drawings, which are not included in the collage. Some days I panted a scraper, so you'll never get to see those. lol

But here it is, the collage of most of my September daily paintings. I've never been so productive before!  Yay!

30 Paintings in 30 Days, How Did I Do?

"Studio Plant Still Life"
8" x 10"
Oil on canvas panel

Ladies and Gentlemen, my last painting for September!!!!
During the month of September I joined the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge started by the amazing Leslie Saeta, and I did pretty well with it! :)))
OK, I have to admit that some days I just could not paint, but that's part of being a mom, a wife, and a friend. Some days you can't postpone those pleasures.

But I did well!

If I counted right I did 19 paintings and 7 drawings, 26 things in total. I'm only missing four, not too bad. :)

It sure feels like I painted more than that, probably because it was right after a summer break, when I had not much time to do anything for myself. Being creative (almost) every day feels great and keeps me busy. :)

I liked it so much that I really want to keep it up now. Let's keep painting!