Work in Progress, Demo Stage 2

In Progress “Installation #2”

Still unfinished…it will be for a while I think. I’ve come up against a block called “lack of education”! Well, it’s not so bad, but I’m stalled in the mid ground. I painted for about 6 hours the other day, on the right side, mid ground buildings and made a huge mess! I need to figure out how to convincingly paint impressionist buildings at sunset from a high perspective. If anyone has any good links I would totally be interested in seeing them. So for now, back to the drawing board. I’m letting this one sit for a while to see if I can learn some more before I go back and screw it all up. I want this one to be good!
I’ve been painting quite a bit for the local market since I last posted, as I’ve been given an exhibition space at the Bella Coola Valley Inn. So I’m painting a few smaller, less expensive works with a local theme. I’ll show one of them off in my next post.
Bye for now!

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“In Progress” 24″x36″

Here is the first step in my new painting. This is pretty much about 6-7 hours of work. I’ve pretty much worked out the drawing, I’ll fix any glitches in the painting stage, as I’m getting tired of erasing rooftops! In the painting, most of the buildings, with the exception of the Duomo, will be merely suggested, but I felt that I needed to draw them in nonetheless, in order to get the perspective right.
I’ll post the next installment soon. Cheers!

Nap Time #3 (in progress)

Okay, this isn’t really only the third painting session, but I didn’t dare show you all the previous two or three before this! Frightening! For literally 15 painting hours, I went backwards. Once again, I seemed to forget everything I learned. I’m starting to question the whole inspiration thing. Every successfull artist I’ve ever read about says you have to work even if you don’t “feel like it”, but it seems like every time I try that, I screw everything up! The skin tone has gone from yellow, to orange to purple and back again! But, yesterday, I “felt like” painting, and everything I knew came flooding back to me. It was like I was working from instinct instead of thinking about it. Anyways, I’m pretty happy with the results. I still need to tweak some values and richen up the skin tone a tad, but I’m feeling positive about it again.
As always, constructive criticism is welcome, so feel free to comment.

In Progress-#2

This is after my first day of working on laying in the main colors. I quickly blocked in the background and started adding detail to the part of the blanket that’s wrapped around the baby. I changed the position of the face, and added detail there. I quickly blocked in shadow colors on the arms and legs. I’m having a few problems with the skin tones and the temperature changes. I think that I may need to make the local skin tone warmer, with the shadows warm, as the light is fairly cool. Right now she looks kind of corpse-like…YUK. The colors in the reference photo aren’t very good, and I wanted to warm the whole thing up a bit, so I am kind of guessing at the colors at this point…tricky…anyways, I’ll have more soon.