Monday, July 16, 2018

Coral


There are different directions I could go with the coral. Bright and colorful, muted, a combination, or leave it off all together. I liked the idea of having something there, but really wanted to minimize its impact. A painting with intricate and colorful coral would be beautiful but not for this piece.
Using a limited palette creates a more peaceful scene and the reflections will aid in the story.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Water


With all the colors and reflections, I find this type of underwater scene fascinating to paint. I get to mix some vibrant teals. For the bluer water below, there are three mixed blues. Once they are on the board, my very soft blending brush is used to soften all the edges. This can take numerous passes in different directions.

Underwater


Someone recently asked me if I do underwater scenes. I do, but it has been awhile. Ideas started to roll around in my head of the colors and creatures I've seen on my last several snorkeling trips.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Finished


Introduction to Fine Art
15" X 13.75"
Original Oil 

Thanks for following along. This was quite the challenge for me and I believe I learned a lot. 

You may notice a color shift and a difference in contrast from my in-progress posts and this one. The previous photos were quick shots with my phone while the above is a scan of the painting before varnishing. The colors will be richer after varnishing but I generally scan first to avoid glare from the varnish.

Next up - wildlife. 

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Red hair


My niece Olivia is the model in this painting. We actually saw this painting together in Barcelona. While I love the look of her red hair, right now I am wishing it was jet black with no highlights! This is the most difficult human hair I have ever painted.
The soft oranges and the golden highlights which weave in an out are only the start. There are low lights with richer tones and coming up is a flip at the bottom. This beautiful (and completely natural) hair is something I want to get right.