Monday, October 23, 2006
The Better Half
The Better Half
Oil on Canvas Panel
Another Self Portrait. I call this my better half because I have a scar over my left eye which gives that eye a funny shape.
I did this by taping the canvas panel directly to a mirror and blocking in the shape picking out my basic shadow shapes. When I first started this block in, I was having a very hard time predicting the outcome of my color mixes. When I wasn't struggling with color, I was struggling with value. I stopped at the block in point and decided to get out another small canvas panel and do a mixing chart. When I was done, I taped that directly to the mirror next to my painting and voila! I will take pictures of that mixing chart and post it later.
In the joy of smearing paint with a brush, I lost my eye shape. I am afraid this isn't really "my" eye. This is what I would look like if I had someone elses eye. "My" eye is a little more slanted and there are more folds. The nose is pretty close and the lips are about right. My jaw is a little less rounded. I guess this is what I might look like if I had a nip and a tuck. Oil paint is a lot cheaper than a plastic surgeon!
I know I will eventually pick this apart and think about what I can do to improve this. For now, I am pleased with the results. I will go into my next oil painting with much more confidence that I can work with color. I will conquer my fear one 4x6 canvas panel at a time.
Eternal Wait - I finally quit fidgeting with this one. It is #graphite on 8.5x11 smooth bristol board. It is nice to get something to a finish. No matter where I roam in media, graphite will always be my true love. I will be taking this to #Shakedown3 this weekend if you want to see it in person. #art #artist #drawingvia Instagram
Number 3 in my quest to complete #inktober2017 I started with an ink wash and then used my Microns to accent the details. This is definitely an experiment worth repeating. It reminds me of the interior illustrations in books when I was a kid It is #ink on #watercolorpostcard #art #artist #drawing #illustrationvia Instagram