In honor of Thanksgiving, here is a portrait I painted of my boss, the Wife, from a photograph. It's probably one of the best paintings I've done so far (the picture seems a little dark and doesn't really capture all the shading, etc.). And I don't think I did too badly on the the Boss part, either--I married WAAAYYYYYY above my station. :-)
As mushy as it all sounds, I am very thankful for my wife, two daughters, the rest of my extended family, friends, and almost everything else. Huzzah! :-)
The painting took about 3 hours and is approximately 7" x 14". It is black-and-white, water-miscible oil paint on gessoed hard board.
This one didn't turn out quite right. There was some extreme foreshortening, which I botched up but good. From the pelvis up, I think it looks OK, and the pelvis down looks OK, but together it is just all wrong, methinks. I guess they can't all be winners.
Oh, well. Live and learn. Well, live, anyways.
This was done with charcoal, carbon pencil, and white charcoal, on 12" x 18" gray bogus paper. (See? No "Bogus, man!" comment this time. I'm getting marginally better.)
Boring history: I had several sheets of illustration board which I was going to cut down to 8" x 10" and do some paintings with them. Unfortunately, when the printer cut them, they were closer to 7" x 10" and they wouldn't fit into a 8" x 10" picture frame, as planned. Rats! The boards sat on the shelf for nearly a decade--too oddly-sized for my needs--before I dusted 'em off, gessoed 'em up, and thought to use them to do painting studies. Turns out they were useful after all. The Island of Misfit Painting Supports, I suppose...
This painting is a little impressionistic. But, if you squint just right, you may be able to see a figure somewhere in those mass of brush strokes.
This was done with black and white acrylic paint on an approximate 7" x 10" gessoed illustration board.
Greetings! Well, between the reformatting of my computer taking a little longer than expected (which it always seems to do, for some reason--just once, can't everything go as planned?) and my getting ready for work have both conspired to make my postings a little later for Thursday's post, I'll balance that by making my Friday post earlier. Karma, baby!
Both drawings are just warm-ups, which usually take about 2 minutes. They were each done on 8-1/2" x. 11", black cardstock with white charcoal pencil. Although the pictures make it look like it was done with some sort of neon blue pencil or something... which makes the pictures look much cooler than they really are. Sigh...
Hola! I'm starting to organize and photograph some of the drawings and paintings I have accumulated over the course of a couple years and beginning to post 'em. So, for better or worse, there's plenty more were this came from...
This was done on 12" x 18" Strathmore 500 Series Charcoal paper with charcoal and white chalk.