Friday, March 18, 2011

Progress - Aria (oils) - shelved *
Decided to take out the horns and change the background colour. Softened up 
the jaw line. Was getting a bit annoyed with this sitting though...I wanted to work 
wet on wet, but as I tend to work on it over  several sittings, it's a bit harder 
without repainting the entire thing again.
I will probably call it quits on this as it was just a practice piece gone to far. 
Plus way to many other projects to work on. 
I may try to instead bring the painting into corel painter to finish it off, for the sake of 
mixing it up.
We shall see.
Progress - Parisian buildings (oils)* 
Second sitting went well. Only ended up working on the statue image however. 
I like painting the figure so it seems. Was going to work on the actual buildings, 
but as I left my make shift mahl stick ( a wooden dowel with tape on the end) at 
my old work.  Also picked up a small wooden table easel to make it easer to paint
said building as well. It seems it's hard to paint on a flat surface with oils, and 
much easier to on an easel with a mahl stick to steady the hand!
Will probably work on the buildings on Friday or Sunday evening, thus ensuring 
that the statue painting is completely dry.

Progress - Cleopatra - halted and shelved
while I know where my errors on this are, again to many projects, although I do 
want to finish it. I want to refresh myself with some more colour theory before I 
continue, to insure no more paint is wasted :p. 
Progress - Sugar Skull Beauties* 
Reworked the sketches a bit. Trying to be a bit more professional. Trying to 
focus more on composition and having a finished/finalized sketch before I start. 
I'm realizing it saves alot more time then figuring out composition and colour
before starting a piece.
Btw, sta-wet pallete is still wet. Best investment ever if you want to do acrylics. 
Been a few weeks and it's still good.
Anyhow, hope to at least paint in the bg by tomorrow and possibly transfer the 
sketch...probably will lay in with chalk.
Progress - sketchbook*
After many sketchbooks, new and old, I've realized that paper makes or break 
a book. Some are better for inks and others, just pencil. Thing is, i like to do it 
all and have had a hard time finding the best one(s) for the job.
I like moleskine plain paper for just jotting things down. Great for pencil...well, 
light pencil. Sucks for erasing though. Ok with pen, but kinda shows through. 
Generally though, I like the smoothness and ivory coloured paper.
I really like ivory colored paper. 
So, I dropped more money then normal ( although pretty close to the moleskine 
price-point) and got an ivory paper sketchbook by Simon and Burke. 
Best book ever.
The paper is pretty durable despite it being thinner then the thicker mixed 
media pad. Handles washes pretty well, as well as thick/layered pencil crayon 
drawings. Great for colour doughs and more finished drawings.
Want to do a bit more with it, before I show more sketches. 
*Will post pics asap 
Note: been more busy then normal lately so I'm going to be posting only one 
day a week, rather the twice. More content to post that way :)

1 comment:

Gillian said...

Once a week sounds plenty! I want to know what a Mahler stick is. If you make another, can you take a picture of it? (in detail & in action!)