Thursday, June 25, 2009

Portrait update

I've started blocking in some colour for the portrait and still need to refine the features and adjust some proportions. The hands are in a unique position, like she's plotting something secretly and they'll be worked up as I move ahead.

Right now she has a rather serene look, almost Mona Lisa-like. This photo is taken under artificial light and doesn't really show the colours well, despite tweaking on PS. But for tonight, its the start and a weekend is coming up so I may well have some more time to work on it.

I'm feeling more comfortable with oils now and can predict what they'll do and how colours will behave. The learning curve back to oils has been long and only now am I approaching where I was many years ago when oils were in daily use for me.

It really does go to show that if you don't use it, you do lose it. Or at least lose some elements of it.

3 comments:

Mary said...

This is looking wonderful Jeanette. Your portraits seem to show the great control you have over them.

Jay Zuck said...

I can't tell you how much I can relate to your experience with oils. Looks like this painting is coming along beautifully.

Jeanette said...

Thanks Mary. It all takes time, as you well know and a lot of practice.

Good to know there is another artist out there with the same challenges Jay. The painting is defeating me tonight, I will leave it til the morning. Fatigue and oils never work.