Thursday, November 17, 2011
Time has been flying around here. I have been really bad about updating with new paintings I am working on. I have been working on a lot of projects, though. This little one I did a few weeks back. I loved the idea of how children are able to fall asleep anywhere. They are so unburdened with the cares of life or even the worry about what is proper - if they are tired, they sleep.
This little girl was modeled after the children of a dear friend of mine. It was just done just for the fun of doing a quick head study, so soon I will be giving my friend a call - hopefully we can meet up for coffee and I can surprise her with this small gift.
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
I am expanding my horizons a bit further. I posted a couple of weeks ago that I was trying something new for me - and here it is. This 12x24 oil, titled "The Majestic, " was one that I had been itching to try, but wasn't quite sure how well I would do with such a complicated bird. I love peacocks. They are just so, well, majestic. They remind me of royalty, and teenagers with feathers in their hair (I can't tell you how many feathers I have had to put in teenagers' hair lately with this latest fad!) and best of all they remind me of picnics with out of town relatives at Beaver Park Zoo. (That last one has a local, Cedar Rapids, IA. thing - sorry to you out-of-towners).
The biggest challenge that I had was with the tail. I found it difficult to get the unique design to actually lay in such a way that it became a part of the feathers, without looking like it was just sitting on the green feathers. It was one of those situations where you just keep working at it and suddenly it all comes together.
On another note - any of you readers in the vicinity of Iowa - I just took six paintings down to historic West Branch to a beautiful gallery down there. Stop in to see them at The Brick Arch Winery and Gallery. This is a beautiful winery with an awesome atmosphere, that just opened up a newer section with a gallery area. My paintings will be there for the next three months.