Thursday, April 17, 2014

Bosc Pear #3, Pears Squared series, 6" x 6" Pastel

Another in my series of pears.  Today I painted a bosc pear.  This is about an hour's worth of painting, not much time and very loose for me.  I give lessons on Thursdays, and I often like to paint along with my students.  It gives them an opportunity to see how I do things, not just hear how I do things.  Funny thing is, I only had enough lights for my students to use to light up their work as they paint.  As a result, I was painting in the dark.....frustrating, but I ended up with something passable.  Also, because of my laziness, I used the same pastel sticks as I did for my last Seckel Pear #2, something I don't like to do.  I'd much rather put all the sticks back, and select some new ones for the new subject.  Alas, laziness won, and I just used what I had out in my tray.  That proved to be a challenge, because some of the colors weren't what I would have "chosen".  These were pre-selected for another subject, a red pear.  Yikes, what was I thinking???

In the end it worked out, and I think it's probably a good idea to try something like this out, forcing yourself to use colors in a subject based purely on nothing else but laziness..... I am laughing just thinking about it, painting in the dark, using colors I didn't select for this subject, talk about sabotaging oneself.....

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

"Square Pears", or "Pears Squared"....

Square Pears..... I know, not really.
I really should be painting another portrait, and I will very soon.  In the meanwhile, I thought I would start something that I could keep as an ongoing project.  I do love pears as a subject, they've always been a favorite of mine. 

I don't know if I'll actually have the time to paint as many pears as I'd like, but I'm going to try. My plan is to paint pears in a 6" x 6" format, using different varieties, placing them in different lighting and positions. Here are my first two, both are seckel pears, actually the same one in different positions. One side of the pear is red, the other is golden. I like the second painting best, it's looser and I like the color palette.

Painted on Wallis pro, using all different sorts of softies. Unison, Mount Vision, Ludwig, Girault, Art Spectrum and Grumbacher pastels were used.
Seckel Pear #1
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Seckel Pear #2

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

"Why?", Pastel, 12" x 12" finally finished

I think I can officially call this one finished.  I've been painting it since the end of November, my brain cells have been consumed with this for 3 1/2 months.  I'm not going to know what to think about now, lol........

This went through quite the rigors of the painting process.  The hair on the right got erased and repainted at least once, the hand and arm got erased and repainted once, and the hair on the left got the same treatment.  Suffice to say Wallis stood the test of abuse, which is why I love this paper. 
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Monday, March 10, 2014

"Why?", almost done...

I am almost there, just a few tweaks on her hand and I believe I can call this one finished.  This is where I'm at, I will post the finished version within a day or two.

The colors on this photo are pretty close.  It's always a struggle to get the photo right, though I think I'm getting much better at it.  It's all about the lighting, if you have good lighting the photo comes out very close to the painting. 

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

"Why", another update..... I'm on a roll!

Still working on it.... another update.

Her left shoulder needs value adjusting....

Hair is not done, and of course neither is the sweater.

Haven't touched the hand yet, other than the sketch. Need to do that, I'm treading carefully now.

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"Why?", I worked on the shoulder a bit.

Another update. This painting is gonna kill me .....

I adjusted her shoulder. I had to add wrinkles to the sleeve/shoulder on our left. In the reference photo there is someone next to her, covering her shoulder. I told my daughter that's why she is here, to model her arm wearing a blue fleece shirt with her hand on her head, so I can take photos to use as a The wrinkles aren't done, but at least I can see where to go from here. The values are off, tweaking is needed.

I'm not done with her shirt (obviously), but I think it looks better now. I'm feeling more positive..... I now need to get back to her hand and hair, that's not done yet either. Jumping around now, this is where it gets crazy. I tend to move from one part to another with no rhyme or reason......

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"Why?", an update

Here is the next step.  I need to work out the shoulder on our left (her right).  It's not working, the fabric needs wrinkles, which need to be made up.  The reference photo has issues...

This photo came out a bit blurry as well as too dark. When I took it the day was overcast, so the lighting wasn't the best.

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