Thursday, January 22, 2009

oil on linen
5" x 7"

Portraits are challenging but also the most fun. Have been researching palettes used by famous portrait artists of history. There are so many different recipes for mixing flesh tones! I'm happy using yellow ochre, cadmium yellow medium, alizarin crimson, burnt umber, ultramarine blue, black, white, burnt sienna, raw sienna, cadmium red light, and (who knew?) viridian green to tone things down! Colors are like musical notes... permanent rose and cerulean blue helped bring out the highlights in the purple ribbon.SOLD

Monday, January 19, 2009

oil on linen
8" x 10"

An old snapshot of Jana wearing a sweater I knit years ago fell out of a book. No one knows who took the photo and Jana doesn't remember where it was taken. Couldn't resist painting it. Progression shows pennies holding wet canvas off my scanner. Still some glare from wet paint in turtle neck... it's really darker. Difficult to do a portrait in such a tiny size. This one deserves to be painted again but much larger. SOLD

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

oil on linen
7" x 5"

First painting for 2009. Anna last summer at the Grand Canyon, painted from a snapshot. SOLD