"God's art [Creation] speaks of Himself, reflecting who He is and what He is like."
Francis Chan

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Angie and Chloe

I'm returning for a bit to the learning process of my winter portrait project.  I stress that this is a learning project as I really want to get better at portraits.  I so admire artists that can capture the personality of someone and that certain moment in time that really expresses the subject. I am striving to get better. 

        This is Angie and her daughter Chloe.  They are friends of ours from church.  They were really fun to paint because, not only are they both gorgeous, but they ( and their entire family) are such a pleasure to know because of the inner beauty that they have.  Angie's husband is the youth pastor at our church and I can't even begin to express the gratitude I have to both of them for their service and good teaching to our kids.  

I spoke earlier of admiring those that can capture a person's personality on a canvas.  Well, ironically enough - Angie is someone who happens to be able to do that.  Except for her, she captures them with her camera (I would love to be a good photographer!)  Check out her photography on her blog, she does amazing work! 

Monday, January 17, 2011

Quietly Working...

   It may seem like I disappeared off the face of the earth, but I actually have been just quietly working on some larger projects the past few weeks.  One that has been on the easel is another lesson on some glazing techniques that I have been playing with.  As in my last post (" Pair of Pears"), the process is very tedious, but the outcome will hopefully be worth the wait.  More on that project at a later date.
  The painting above is a commission piece for someone who had liked some aspects of another painting that I did last summer, but wanted something bigger.  You know how I love to work on a bigger scale!  This is a 40 x 30 oil on a gallery wrapped canvas.  For perspective on the size I sought out the help of my ever-happy- to-be-in-a-picture three year old.....

 I have to say that spending hours painting in these vibrant, energizing colors, has gone a long ways to keep the winter blues at bay.  Every time I painted it, I couldn't help but feel happy.  Hopefully the  soon to be owner will feel the same way!

Monday, January 3, 2011

Pair of Pears

    Well, it is back to the daily grind today as we started back to school.   No more late night painting for the time being.  But yesterday, as I basked in my final day of vacation, I was able to finish up this painting that I had slowly worked on throughout the break.  For Christmas I got a book on glazes, and was able to put into practice some of the project lessons.  I have used glazes for several years and really love the outcome that you get from them.  But this technique is a little more hard core than what I usually do. It includes limiting your palette (I used three colors in this painting) and adding one very thin glaze each day for a total of at least seven layers.  I do love the glow that you get from it.  It was tedious though.  I enjoyed slathering on the thick paint on another project that I am working on while I waited for the layers on this one to dry.  I really learned a lot from doing this lesson and will definitely put it into practice in future paintings.


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