Monday, August 22, 2016

Decent photos!

I'm finally getting some decent photos of some of my previous paintings!

 "Mama, Mama, Can I Please??"
30x40, oil on canvas

 Kitty's Noble Steed
16x20, oil on canvas

 "Dreamer"
16x20, conte crayon on Mi-Tientes

 "Firelily"
16x20, ink and watercolor

 "Down the Stretch"
30x40, oil on canvas

 "Indy"
12x16, oil on board

"The First Performance"
18x24, oil pastel on Colorfix

"Sleepy G" (unfinished)
20x30, oil pastel on Colorfix

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Color Winding

I needed to wind up some embroidery thread that I'm using at the moment and finally get it organized instead of being a tangled mess.  Miss Toria is a very good winder.  She can even focus on doing it when watching Star Trek.


You can have bonus points for recognizing the episode.  :p

No, there really *isn't* anywhere else I can sit, actually...

Friday, August 12, 2016

Baby Cheeks

So thinking about how those wonky eyes I drew were bugging me so much, I thought I'd better do more portrait sketching and so then I had to do one of Scarlett.  This is just really quick, trying to see if I can do something more or less unwonky.
These two might be about the same age in the refs, not sure.  Scarlett might be a bit younger, come to think of it.
Baby cheeks are so hard to get right!

Unfixed and More Fixed

This is Miss Toria from a ref a few years ago.  (I love this picture because it shows her determined little personality.)

The girls have three (!) pictures of tiny Scarlett hanging in their room and not a single one of Miss Toria, so I've gotta get busy.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Still the ugly stage

This is what I was working on; I hadn't used the Torrit gray on it before, but I thought it would be good at these early stages.  I sat there a few minutes debating whether or not I wanted to get out more paint to continue working tonight, and I decided not to because I'm wanting to paint and thus I'm hopeful the motivation will remain to continue.  Which is a silly reason to have stopped.  Okay, the real reason is, I need to consider my color approach as I was going to start work on the background.

(edit: the medium combo was just tacked up 24 hours later, but it was touch-dry at about 36 hours.)

Can this be what I think it is?! (smelling salts may be necessary for some viewers)

Is that...could it be...oil paint??
I guess I sort of maybe kinda know what to do with it.

That is Torrit gray and white with some Gamblin solvent-free gel medium.  I changed my mind on the consistency I wanted, so I thought I'd go all out and get experimental.

So I busted out my Cold Wax medium.  I've no idea how long it's been since I've opened this.  It's quite old and has clearly dried out a bit, but it's still usable, mostly.  Seemed to go pretty well with the gel medium; I wonder how it will dry now.