Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Lorraine's Portrait

I seldom do portraits in this setting because I like the entire environment, it's very lively! But I had already painted Lorraine in it the previous week, and I had also decided to use oils instead of acrylics. My camera did not register the pale green background or the many yellows on her face. I tried to correct this with photoshop but I am not very knowledgeable. She had great hair color, I think you will be able to tell how much I liked it. Rebeca


Lorraine was fun to paint--especially her
hair and scarf! To fill up the background,
I painted our familiar pink rug, which was actually
underneath Lorraine's chair. This painting
isn't done yet--in fact, I haven't touched it
since the session ended yesterday. More work
is needed on the face, the hands, the background--
just about everywhere!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Lorraine On a Rainy Day

Lorraine was a delightful model. Few painters came, and those who came loved to talk, so we had fun discussing several subjects with Lorraine. As it turned out, at the time when I was painting her face she was rehearsing some lines in her mind (she is an actress). As a result, what came out on the canvas is the expression she had on during the brief moments she was thinking about her lines. All of this to say she is an upbeat, well-adjusted person, but for a few moments she couldn't help but reflect the emotions of those lines. In retrospect the sweater and scarf needed to have more contrast and the rug needs some atention, but overall I am happy to be painting again in acrylic after a two-week hiatus. Rebeca

Saturday, January 9, 2010

G. Randall with Ukulele

G. Randall's pose with ukulele and colorful clothes
was fun to paint. The background was very
plain, so I made up a colorful setting for the figure.
This painting still isn't completely done: the
striped curtains need a little more work.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Randall in Striped Pants

There were parts of this painting I was unhappy with and if there had been more time would have kept working on. But when I got it home I felt the painting was finished and it was about the space at the Firehouse and the relationships of the figures in the space. Karen