Monday, March 30, 2015
Thursday, March 19, 2015
|The first day of working in color on the image I lay in the broad areas of color with as much accuracy as I can. The following days will be spent on details on top of this layer, refining the color and shape of the work done on this day.|
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
|This 12x16 oil on panel is Echeveria 2.|
|This 12x16 oil on panel is Echeveria 3.|
These siblings grew up together in the same garden. As I painted them simultaneously I became a little worried about the family relations. It seemed early on that the big sister, Echeveria 2, was very outgoing and assertive, with a "look at me" streak a mile wide. Her quiet little sister, Echeveria 3, was so retiring that I foresaw problems in their future.
Imagine my delight when I found that they had found balance when I wrapped up the paintings. Instead of becoming bossy and domineering, #2 had mellowed with age, while still retaining her beautiful depth and range, and her dramatic flare. Mousy #3 had come into her own with the passage of time ( and brush) and surprised us all when she applied her bold lipstick.
|Tonal under painting for #2|
|#2's bold teen years|
|Tonal underpainting for #3|
|#3's quiet phase|
OK, perhaps I'm spending a little too much time alone.