Painting Updates – 18 November 2012

I worked on two paintings tonight.  One is a continuation of the Diana Portraits project, where I laid down a second underpainting layer on a new test portrait.  It’s just a field of olivy green, so it’s not really interesting enough to post a photo of that one.  The other painting I worked on was the Complete Contentment Celtic piece, which is finally nearing completion.  I think it just needs some more treatment on the outer edge.

Complete Contentment - WIP 10

Complete Contentment – WIP 105″x7″ oil paint on masonite board

On this layer (actually done in two sittings), I painted the dark brown border around the knotwork, and went over the outside edge with an opaque orange paint to hide some smudging. It will probably need another layer around the outside, as well as some other edge treatment, but it’s nearly finished.

For the record, I cannot for the life of me take true photos of the colors of my paintings at night in my home. This is not actually solid orange. :/

 

Project: Complete Contentment

 

New Painting – Diana

Diana - Commissioned Portrait 9"x12" oil paint on canvas board

Diana – Commissioned Portrait
9″x12″ oil paint on canvas board

Today I finished the style test portrait for Diana, in preparation for making very large oil painting portraits of her children.

The finished painting is 9″x12″ on canvas board.  It was made in eight sessions.

This is the color and style sample portrait for a series of much larger commissioned paintings. They are intended to match the color palette and style of family portraits she already has which were made the better part of a century ago. Unlike most modern portraits, the ones in her family have a very cool feel to them, with an olive toned background. However, I need to balance that coolness with warmth in the skin. To that end, the underpainting color is a dark, cool red. After finishing this painting, I believe I will need to underpaint with cool green instead when I create the larger portraits.

 

Project: Diana Portrait

Painting Updates – 10 March 2012

I spent a little time painting this afternoon.  It’s not much, but the weather was turning to rain so I came back inside.  I hope to sit down to paint again in the next few days.

 

Diana Portrait - WIP6 9″x12″ oil paint on canvas board 7 sessions All I added today were the irises of her eyes.  They are phthalo blue and white, with a tiny bit of black for the pupils.  Yes, her eyes are actually that color. This is the color and style sample portrait for a series of much larger commissioned paintings. They are intended to match the color palette and style of family portraits she already has which were made the better part of a century ago. Unlike most modern portraits, the ones in her family have a very cool feel to them, with an olive toned background. However, I need to balance that coolness with warmth in the skin. To that end, the underpainting color is a dark, cool red. As the painting nears finishing, I believe I will need to underpaint with cool green instead when I create the larger portraits.

Diana Portrait – WIP6
9″x12″ oil paint on canvas board
7 sessions 

All I added today were the irises of her eyes. They are phthalo blue and white, with a tiny bit of black for the pupils. Yes, her eyes are actually that color.

This is the color and style sample portrait for a series of much larger commissioned paintings. They are intended to match the color palette and style of family portraits she already has which were made the better part of a century ago. Unlike most modern portraits, the ones in her family have a very cool feel to them, with an olive toned background. However, I need to balance that coolness with warmth in the skin. To that end, the underpainting color is a dark, cool red. As the painting nears finishing, I believe I will need to underpaint with cool green instead when I create the larger portraits.

Project: Diana portrait

 

Complete Contentment - WIP7 5"x7" Masonite board Oil paint 6 sittings I have re-painted the background areas with alizarin crimson.

Complete Contentment – WIP7
5″x7″ Masonite board
Oil paint
6 sittings 

I have re-painted the background areas with alizarin crimson.

Project: Complete Contentment

Painting Updates – 16 February 2012

I spent about three hours painting this afternoon, finished two small paintings, and added a lot of detail to the commissioned portrait.  The two finished paintings will be covered in their own entries, including a look back at all the WIPs posted along the way.

Title: Diana Portrait - WIP5, Artist: Sidney Eileen

Diana Portrait – WIP5
9″x12″ oil paint on canvas board
6 sessions
 
For this layer I added lots of details. There was still some pink showing through the eyes, so they received another layer of white, along with some shading. I added another very thin layer of white to the skin so it will have a more translucent appearance. The lips received shading and coloring from Alizerin Crimson and white. A touch of black further defined the nostrils. The velvet shirt is Pthalo Blue and white. Her hair is dark brown and white.
 
This is the color and style sample portrait for a series of much larger commissioned paintings. They are intended to match the color palette and style of family portraits she already has which were made the better part of a century ago. Unlike most modern portraits, the ones in her family have a very cool feel to them, with an olive toned background. However, I need to balance that coolness with warmth in the skin. To that end, the underpainting color is a dark, cool red. As the painting nears finishing, I believe I will need to underpaint with cool green instead when I create the larger portraits.

 

Project: Diana Portrait

Painting Updates – 5 February 2012

This afternoon I happily spent the afternoon painting.  I finished on small still life (Glass Vase and Candle), worked on three other paintings, and also prepared two more small paintings.  In this post, I will show you the three WIP paintings.

Title: Diana Portrait - WIP4, Artist: Sidney Eileen

Diana Portrait – WIP4
9″x12″ oil paint on canvas board
5 sessions
 
This layer I added very thin layers of color to the darkest and lightest parts of the skin shading, to add definition, depth, and detail. I also added another layer of white to the eyes, and roughly defined the hair line.

Project: Diana Portrait

 

Title: Pentacle Candle and Apple - WIP 2, Artist: Sidney Eileen

Pentacle Candle and Apple – WIP2
3″x5″ oil paint on canvas board
Three sittings
Reference is my own photo
 
In this layer I brightened up the red of the apple, as well as brightening and better defining the white on the candle.

Project: Pentacle Candle and Apple

 

Title: Samhain Candles - WIP2, Artist: Sidney Eileen

Samhain Candles – WIP2
11″x14″ oil paint on canvas board
Three sittings
 
I was very, very unhappy with the first attempt at the background color. Before painting it, I did not realize how BLUE the black paint I have actually is, so the first attempt turned out a very muddy cold color.
 
For this layer of the background I used white, yellow, and a dark brown paint. I did all the color mixing on the canvas. For the top part, I laid down the color rather thick to better hide the cold layer underneath. I didn’t mind the coolness on the bottom, so the layer there is much, much thinner, allowing the cold black to tint the shading.
 
I will probably be adding one more layer to the background to darken the outermost shading.

Project: Samhain Candles

Painting Updates, 12 December 2011

I had a little time on Sunday to work on paintings.

 

TItle: Diana - WIP 3, Artist: Sidney Eileen

Diana – WIP 3
9″x12″ oil paint on canvas board
4 sessions
 
Unlike WIP3, this one is fairly color-true.
 
This layer I added very thin shading to the lighter parts of the skin, defining some details and adding warmth. I also added another layer of lighter green over most of the background, and defined the area that will be the shoulder straps of her shirt.
 
This is the color and style sample portrait for a series of much larger commissioned paintings. They are intended to match the color palette and style of family portraits she already has which were made the better part of a century ago. Unlike most modern portraits, the ones in her family have a very cool feel to them, with an olive toned background. However, I need to balance that coolness with warmth in the skin. To that end, the underpainting color is a dark, cool red.

Project: Diana Portrait

 

Title: Complete Contentment - WIP 5, Artist: Sidney Eileen

Complete Contentment – WIP 5
5″x7″ Masonite board
Oil paint
4 sittings
 
I added the orange on the cat.

Project: Complete Contentment

 

 

Painting Updates, 4 December 2011

These are the two paintings I was able to work on this afternoon before it got too dim.

 

Title: Diana (Commission) WIP 2, Artist: Sidney Eileen

Diana (Commission) WIP 2
9″x12″ oil paint on canvas board
3 sessions
 
Last week when I sat down to do this layer I found that it wasn’t dry enough yet, so all I added was the white for the eyes.
 
In this layer I added thin, more detailed shading for the skin. The colors are very cool (cooler than they appear in the photo, actually), so I will need to add more warmth on the next layer. It also needs more depth and detail to the shading, especially in the shadows.
 
This is the color and style sample portrait for a series of much larger commissioned paintings. They are intended to match the color palette and style of family portraits she already has which were made the better part of a century ago. Unlike most modern portraits, the ones in her family have a very cool feel to them, with an olive toned background. However, I need to balance that coolness with warmth in the skin. To that end, the underpainting color is a dark, cool red. The first layer of the background is a dark olive color in a very thin layer, so in the photograph it looks almost black.

Project: Diana Portrait

 

Title: Complete Contentment - WIP 4, Artist: Sidney Eileen

Complete Contentment – WIP 4
5″x7″ Masonite board
Oil paint
3 sittings
 
I added a paler beige for the cat and details on the mouse’s face.

Project: Complete Contentment