Friday, July 11, 2008

Lipking study

I recently went to the Lipking exhibit and got a big dose of inspiration. It was amazing to see his paintings upclose and examine his brush strokes and color. Court has taken a workshop with him before so it was great to get his insight on his paintings and his technique.

There was a big article about it in "American Art Collector." So when I got home after the show I painted a study from the cover while the inspiration was still fresh. Because it was getting late, I only spent 2 1/2 hours on the painting. I could have spent another 2 1/2 hours on this piece and brought it to finish. The goal was mainly to match his colors, and practice his technique, and get as much of it done before I fell asleep. I learned a huge amount from the study, even though it isn't finished.




Thursday, July 10, 2008

Small studies

The model didn't show up for class, so Vanessa Lemen sat instead. I used a really small panel this time so I could get her whole portrait done in a short amount of time, 2 1/2 hours. The model usually sits for 2 classes, but she was only going to model for one class. I know that it is kinda a weird composition, but when I started, I wanted the main focus to be that shadow behind her head, but I got involved in contrasting the cools and warms in her face and etc.

5x7 2 1/2 hours

Not alot of time for this one. The background was blue so to save time I used a canvas panel that had a dark stain of prussian blue. I tried to not paint into the areas that I wanted to have cool shadows, or darks.

So not to bad for a quick little study. Maybe another hour would be enough time to fix some of the mistakes, but a great learning experience anyways.

2 1/2 hours
oil on 9X12 canvas board(panel)