Here is my newest painting that I have just added to my shop! It is an 18 x 20 inch portrait of a woman named Erin who Sam has been friends with for many years. Erin is an artistic being and a mother of two little boys. I was drawn to Erin's unique and captivating face which I was eager to paint a portrait of. More visual details of this painting or purchase information can be found at my online shop: http://www.onetindrum.etsy.com/
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
This is a new painting that I have just added into my etsy shop! It is an oil portrait of a friend in town named Erin who is a mother of two little boys. She also lives a very creative life of painting and art making with her boys.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Today looked stormy but I decided that I was going to paint outside anyway and so began this new small painting. You can see that I had to use boards to elevated the canvas to my eye level as I like to stand when I am painting. At first I struggled when working in such a small dimension but soon enough the portrait began to come together. I have several other canvas of this size that I made myself, the stretcher bars assembled from recycled wood. Each canvas is an object in itself. I don't know the size off hand but it is about 10 or 11 inches high but not quite a foot. Erin is a friend of Sam's and I am just getting to know her but I have been delighted to paint her and her son Callum. I will be looking for other new faces to paint as well. For the painting above I will work on it until it has a more finished look.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
The painting is coming along gradually but we have had some rainy days here which makes it impossible to paint. I noticed that today I was very reluctant to take chances in my work and found myself laboring over areas of the painting rather than working on the painting as a whole. The colors here are not quite as vibrant as they appear in life and I quickly took a snapshot of this after 6 pm so that I can record the stages of my work after each painting session. I would like to begin a new painting right away and come back to this one, if only so that I can be again more playful as I felt when I did the Isabella painting.
Sunday, August 8, 2010
For the last week I have been painting again with oils outside in front of the garage where I keep an easel and table with a big pallette on top. I get apprehensive about beginning again but as soon as I begin painting again I feel at home. I like to listen to music on a loaner Ipod I found in the house which is my muse and I paint towards the late afternoon and early evening because the day is coolest at that time. The above picture is the beginning of a new painting that I am doing of a child of a friend of ours in Port Perry. Sam takes pictures of my subjects and I get them enlarged at the local grocery store. I have been painting on board or masonite which I find is a smoother surface than canvas. The canvas in the painting above I made myself using the ends of a crate we had in our patio garden in California and then cut a piece of board to fit. I made two that are identical in size. The other I did a painting of Isabella that I will soon be putting into my esty shop to sell. Sam and I have been working together to give attention to making art. Sam gets the morning hours through the afternoon until 3 pm and I get the hours after until dusk. Today it has been raining since early this morning so if I do not get to paint, I may be working on some little watercolors which I have been doing in my off moments. The watercolors are abstracts that I get to play around with color, line and composition.