Sunday, 23 March 2014

In Progress

What have I been doing since the end of February?

A bit of painting, that's what - as seen in this youtube video.

Somewhere along the line I had the idea of trying to measure my progress (so I could figure out how long it would take) so started taking a photo at the end of the night.

Unfortunately progress is not quite so easily measured - some days nothing much at all seems to have happened - the days in which the detail is added to the face or hands, for example, whereas on others several paintings can be started or large colour changes take place.

Oh well, never mind. Overall, though, there has been a lot of progress - eight probably finished paintings (the ones near the top), four nearly done and six started but with a fair bit still to do.

Hopefully in a couple of weeks I'll be able to post a finished photograph and then after that an installation view!

Friday, 28 February 2014

Day 28 - All The Work Done For 28 Drawings Later 2014

If you count you will find there are 27 drawings here - all the ones I have posted, in order. Day 12 I posted a photo of the drawings and paintings I had done by that date, and of course today I'm also posting photographs instead of a drawing. Day 23 two drawings were posted although that was not the only day that I did more than one drawing - there have been plenty of maybes and rejects along the way.

I've also been painting. Comparing this to day 12 is a little disappointing - although there are six finished, in comparison with two. But since I can't paint full time yet I've only had six painting days since then it is actually a fair bit of work - especially if you remember that two of those days were spent messing about with lovely model volunteers.

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Day 27 - The Ribbon

Almost at the end of the 28 days and I'll miss it.

This drawing summarizes a lot of what I've been doing - meeting lovely new people, working with clothing and different textures, emphasizing expressions and exploring non verbal communication. Oh, and having fun.

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Day 26 - The Break

This drawing is titchy, at 12 x 16.5 cm - the painting, however, will be big - at least 48 x 66 inches.

The biggest painting I have finished so far was 16 inches square - so just a little bit terrifying. But I have started painting Peek-A-Boo which is 20 x 40 inches and have ordered the 36 x 48 inches canvas for Resting .

But I really want to do these paintings properly and I can't visualize them much less than life size. The shoulder has not been playing up and I have bought bigger brushes so I feel now is the time to get big. Well, bigger!

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Day 25 - The Quill

The last time I was down in London I had a good nosy around Green and Stone Art Materials shop and found this beautiful quill.

I haven't quite found the right occasion to use it yet so currently it is part of the dress up box. It certainly adds a very strong vertical, giving quite a different composition from the other drawings.

Monday, 24 February 2014

Day 24 - The Shy Bunny

One of the props we played around with the other day was this gold rabbit mask.

It reflects light in a similar manner to skin - kinda diffuse - and is a very similar tone, so should make some nice paintings, especially combined with the dark hair and clothes.

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Day 23 - Can't Decide

Today I did three drawings, but the third was pretty bad, so shan't share it here.

The other two are fairly similar, so am not sure which I'll paint - any opinions out there?