Self-portrait project 1 – The first selfie

The Winter semester of my painting course will be focusing on portraiture. I must admit that this frightens me greatly. I don't like staring at my own face, much less staring into the eyes of another to paint them. I'm also not a fan of realism in any sense. So, this challenge has many levels … Continue reading Self-portrait project 1 – The first selfie

Still Life Project 2020 – In Hindsight

This project brought me highs and lows. There were days I didn't want to continue painting and got bored of the subject... That's when I challenged myself the most... first to reconsider compositions and then to reconsider materials (or how I was going to use them). I'm glad this project is over. I don't know … Continue reading Still Life Project 2020 – In Hindsight

Warped Two – I gotta move on from this now…

I've added some yellows, deepened the blacks, touched up spots with whites, and lined in some outlines... am I satisfied? No. I can't decide what to add or if I've already gone too far. I'be been staring at this composition in one form to another for over three m months now and I am frankly … Continue reading Warped Two – I gotta move on from this now…

Warped One – It’s Telling Me It’s Finished.

I had fully intended to give you several steps, like I would when painting with acrylics or oils, but this one seemed to want to finish faster. On my second sitting it all came together. While I'm not entirely satisfied with it, I seldom am with any of my works, it told me there was … Continue reading Warped One – It’s Telling Me It’s Finished.

Warped Two – Taking a Step Back to Consider…

I really needed to dive into this one this morning and the only thing I knew was that I needed to start blending lighter colour onto the backgrounds to add volume to the composition. Oddly, I started with some light colours (yellow) on the face vase and then added green to the flower stocks, followed … Continue reading Warped Two – Taking a Step Back to Consider…

Warped Two – Introducing The Shadow

In a nutshell, I used Payne's Grey to paint in the shadows and then the painting bug bit. So, I did a nice red wash with a matte and opaque red over the crimson background. I did the same with the green surface in the lower half of the painting. I used a few different … Continue reading Warped Two – Introducing The Shadow