Saturday, January 31, 2009

Portrait update

Kiora
9 x 12 coloured pencil

I've done a little more work on the portrait of my grand daughter. I wish now that I used a darker paper to provide some additional contrast. This paper is sand coloured and matches too closely her pale skin and hair.

But no going back now. I have another portrait in the pipeline that I must transfer today sometime. With a snowstorm brewing for tomorrow, I'll get some chores done today then cocoon in my studio tomorrow and draw.

I also wanted to fit in some more painting and had bought a handful of 6 x 12 gallery canvasses. I love these long thin canvasses and love even more the fact that I don't have to get them framed. You can see what I produced at Watermarks.

Recession Strategy # 1:
Save money whenever possible.

5 comments:

kay susan said...

I disagree about the background. There's a lovely soft ook about this, it's charming.

Anita said...

Always annoying when you wish you had realise you should have approached a piece differently. Still, I think this is going to be lovely!

Jo Castillo said...

This will be great, might want a little purple (complement) for the dark behind her.

"JeanneG" said...

I like it on this color of paper. I joined a self portrait project on WC and dread trying to see all those colors in my own face.

Are you procrastinating with your Moleskine? I have 6 double pages left to do. I had to resort to attaching some previous work in among the new stuff. Felt like the pages were multiplying.

Jeanette said...

Kay susan, thank you. I'm sure I'll get used to it and as always, it looks different in reality than on the computer.

Anita, I always seem to second guess myself lately, more so on coloured paper.

Thanks Jo. Yes a complement may be just the thing to brighten it a little.

Jeanne, your plate is always full of projects. Good for you. Colours are really based on anatomy knowledge. Where skin is thinner and in shadow, cooler colours appear and warmer in fleshier areas. The lightest tones in highlights. I'm sure you'll do just fine with it.

I'm way behind in the Moleskine project. I don't know if I'll ever finish it and am rather bored with it to be honest. I'll see what I can produce over the next few days otherwise, it may end up sitting in my studio forever.