Sunday, March 23, 2008

Cows Grazing in the House!

Finished this painting the other day. The light on the house looks better from a distance, and seems to glow. The house is simple with just a few cows in the area. It was an empty house in Plain City. I might glaze over it one more time with yellow, to warm it up a bit. It's an 8x10 on panel.

Under Painting of the Lovely Mikell

Worked on this late Saturday night. It's an under painting of my co-worker, Mikell. She was nice enough to let me take her picture. I don't usually paint people, but I was drawn to her bright, beautiful purple scarf. I think I painted a good resemblance of her. Her nose it a tad bit too long at the bottom. I will shave a little off before I put the color on. I'm looking forward to putting the color on. I'll wait for it to dry, refinish the nose, and then add the color.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Springville or Not?

Wow! I have been working on this painting for awhile and I am almost done. Just a few finishing touches here and there. The tough decision is whether I should enter this in the Springville Museum's Spring Salon? My inner critic is giving me a hard time. Will people laugh at it? Is my perspective off? Is it good enough? I've put this funny pressure on myself, when I should be enjoying trying something new. Painting people is very new to me. I think I will finish it the next day or two and do a final glaze and then round up some money to frame it and send it on it's way to Springville......wish me luck!

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Painting in Progress

Started this painting while I was in Saint George enjoying the warm weather. I decided to paint in the backyard, because I was feeling like I didn't want to be bothered. So I painted from a photograph outside...does that still count as Plein Air? As I was halfway through, people kept coming into the neighbors backyard and staring at me. I couldn't figure out what was going on, and I was frustrated because I didn't want to be bothered. I had to laugh when I found out they were having an open house! This painting is really wet, alla prima, if I spelled that right. I will go back into it when it dries and soften some edges and define the trees and mountains more. This is my usual favorite, an 8x10 on panel.