Sunday, October 31, 2010

Circumambulations cede something at last

I should stop reading Eliot really:  between his Greek and his metaphysics and his neologisms (which I'm sure he pretends aren't), I have the same feelings about his words as I do about oil paint.  Mmmm.  Needed two days of absolute concentration to get the balance between the three sorted, and so we had poor(ish) weather to help keep me away from the mountains of pruning and weeding the block has been muttering about for the last few weeks.  Delighted with this.
Had some time left to play a bit with the oil sketches too!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Saturday, October 16, 2010

tonal balance

We're on to the bit I think I like best, playing with glazes to adjust skin tones and modelling bone structure.  Still not quite sure about the background on this.  Might have to bite the bullet and learn how to create masks in Photoshop so I can experiment with different colours and tones.  There's a bit of me that wants to have a Rembrandt-dark background to make the faces really glow, but at this stage I really don't know.  Want to get it started soonish, as it'll have an impact on what I'm doing with the colours of some of the shadows.

Lovely boost as well on Friday, when the portrait of Mona Hunter won the Portrait of a Senior Territorian Art Award.  And thanks, Bean for the above pic.

Saturday, October 9, 2010