Wednesday, August 07, 2013
Portrait in progress
Me and my big mouth.
Ages ago, I sort of challenged Gary Everest to a portrait swap of sorts. What was I thinking? Gary is a portrait artist extraordinare located in Hawaii and I, well I paint fish and water in Newfoundland! At least we're both on islands! However, the deed is done and now I have to come up with the goods, as Gary has already made a start on my portrait which you can see on his blog Gary L. Everest Paintings.
Portraits are challenging subjects but so very interesting. Like everything else, its a matter of breaking it down into pieces, analyzing light and shadow and matching colours and values, all while keeping a likeness. Gulp.
My week off work is filled with visitors and activities so I haven't had much of a chance to work on it, but early this morning, when even babies were asleep, I did a freehand sketch on an 11 x 14 canvas panel. The mottled purple you see on this panel is from a watercolour stain. I was using the plastic wrapped panel as a support for a watercolour piece and there must have been a small hole in the plastic where the water leaked through. It won't impact the painting as I spray a light coating of matte varnish over my under drawing to seal it before starting to paint.
I'll be adjusting the drawing and angles as I paint to get it to do what I want. Now I need to decide if I want to use colour or try a grisaille using the new tube of Gamblin's Torrit Grey that I got yesterday. The reference has a lot of interesting colours in it that I can emphasize, but I like the thought of monotone too. Decisions, decisions...