Friday, November 26, 2010

Tess step 3

Two weeks is a long time between posts. This is my busiest time of the year and life as well as other art related events have kept me from painting. Last weekend was the annual fine arts and crafts show where I had a table (see photo above). It was held at the Shania Twain Center and her wall of awards distracts from the sellers' tables (very busy background). But otherwise it was a great two days.

I am also decorating for Christmas which takes almost a week because I have so many decorations. I am holding two Christmas parties and have deadlines to get that all done. That is done except for the tree so I can now get back to painting.

Step 3
I have just continued with more of the same, laying in areas of colour to darken it and work out where areas of light and dark are. I have added a warm wash to the background but it will still get a few more glazes of different colours so this isn't what the final version will look like.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Tess step 2

This morning I finally had a chance to get back to this painting. Life has a habit of getting in the way of my painting. I have continued adding basic washes to start building the values. I also finished the eyes and they are looking more life-like. I like finishing the eyes first because it makes me want to keep working on a painting. It's like they are watching me. :) I am working nightshift all weekend so I don't know if I'll have time to work on this more the next few days.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Tess step 1

I have started a commission of one of my favourite subjects. This painting will be 11 x 14". So far I have it drawn out and I have started the first washes. The fur has wonderful bluish highlights that will be fun to paint. I haven't decided whether to leave the background a greyish colour or change it later. I'll see what it looks like as it progresses. The highlights in the eyes are still covered by masking so they are still dull looking. I'll take that off in the next couple of steps and the eyes will come to life.