O.K.... this is pretty much finished. I do want to do a tiny bit more to Fred's head. I always see something I want to change or tweak a bit when I take a photograph. Actually, it is hard for me to actually say a painting is "finished".... they never truly are! The hardest part of this piece is Fred... all the black... there are so many different shades of black and they all dry differently ... some glossy and some matt and everything in between! I will spray the painting with a retouch varnish to protect it and also to bring all the sheens up to just one. It also makes it look richer... almost like the paint is floating on the canvas... I love that part! This piece is also going to be professionally scanned before it ships so the clients can have a few gicleas made.
Friday, June 18, 2010
I am happy with Jenna... still working on the back ground, Fred and grass. Everything is where I want it ... I just want to make them richer... adding more color to the back ground and to Fred. Black horses are hard... photos tend to not give you much detail... luckily with digital and photo shop I shoot raw and I am able to pull more out of the shadows so I have something to paint. I very rarely use black out of the tube. I make my blacks with Paynes gray and either burnt siena or some other reds or purples. I will also throw in other colors to get the look I want.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Thursday, June 10, 2010
This is the fifth in the series... the first layer of paint is done. I know a lot of artist block in color for the first stage and that is the "proper" way to paint... but, I always hated that part! So I tried working in some detail right from the beginning... I think it works for me! I am very happy with the progress of this piece "so far"...
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Thursday, June 3, 2010
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Well, this is what I have been working on lately... I am going to start posting a progression of a painting of Jenna and Frederic. It has really been fun to work on! If I just add a horn in the middle of the horse's forehead, it will look like a fairy tale! I stared with this photo so you can see a little of my work space!