Monday, November 16, 2009
Portraits in progress
Its good to be back home after a hectic few days in Toronto. I took today off to catch up on some work (and sleep) and made a concentrated effort on progressing with a couple of portraits.
I added more layers and refined shapes in the watercolour portrait that I'm working on for the portrait swap at WetCanvas and its finally starting to go where I want it to. The ugly stage nearly had me tearing up another sheet of paper but I worked through it and am coming out the other side.
I also agreed to do another swap with someone who's sign up partner had not forwarded any images. I know she was anxious to paint and I'm always happy to do more portraits for practice, so I am doing a small piece in oils for her. I've had time to only block in basic shapes and values so far and will work on it more over the coming week and hopefully have it on its way within 2 weeks, provided I don't get too slap happy with the oils so it doesn't take forever to dry enough to ship.
Christmas commissions are coming in now, due to a little marketing on my part. Its always good to have that extra work and I enjoy the challenge. I know my own cut off point in terms of workload and don't surpass my comfort zone. I'm also not afraid to turn down commissions if the images provided aren't suitable to provide a piece with the quality that I want to provide.