Monday, February 09, 2009

Portrait update

Keith
9 x 12 coloured pencil


Here's an update on the portrait I'm working on. Not a huge update as I haven't had a lot of time to work on it tonight. I'm hoping to have it finished before the end of the week. I still need to work on the mouth downwards. I just hate this artificial light for taking photos! Nothing ever looks as it should.

Steve Chipman showed me the daylight lamp that he uses to photograph his work and I think I'll have to invest in one of them to get some decent photos of work at this time of year.

I've neglected my waterscapes this week, as I've been concentrating on portraits, but I hope to start a new painting tomorrow. I'm going big! Its difficult for me to break away from the smaller scale pieces that I've been doing. I have a 24 x 30 canvas that I just may tackle - or I may wimp out and go for the 18 x 24. Either way, I want to start a series of waterscapes that are a similar size and that are more substantial than the usual 'daily painter' size. Of course there will still be the smaller ones to fit both budget and wall size, but I think impact and presence will come from larger pieces.

I was also looking through Legion Paper's site for some good watercolour paper and found they provide sample kits at very reasonable prices, of a variety of types which is just what I was looking for. I ordered a set which have arrived and I'm thrilled to get them and hope to put them to good use very soon. There are about thirty 8 x 10 sheets which are quite big enough for me to do a reasonable painting on and also see how I like the type of paper. Living on the island, I'm limited at times to what I can purchase or sample, so I may be back to Legion's site to look for more once I find one that I love.

5 comments:

Teresa Mallen said...

This is fantastic Jeanette! Great job on the facial hair!!!

Anita said...

This is getting better and better.
That paper sounds great. I too am going to invest in a daylight lamp.

Jo Castillo said...

I got two of the portable Daylights for Christmas. They are half the price of the easel light. I use one by my pastels or media and the other happens to hang on the easel I use just like a lamp. Probably wouldn't on most easels though, but a hook on the wall nearby or sit on a chair or table. They are on the DB site, too.

This is great and you seem to me to be working quickly.

Jeanette said...

Thanks Teresea. Beards always make me cringe a bit when I have to draw them, but this one is going ok so far.

Anita, the paper samples are a great way to experiment without investing a lot of money, then find what you really like.

I'm going to see what's around here Jo. I know local stores sell Ott lights and they should be similar. I have a birthday coming up so just the thing to put on my wish list! :)

~Gina Cuff said...

This portrait is amazing, Jeanette. Incredibly lifelike... Wow!