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Monday, March 31, 2008

I just did this this morning with the Santa Clarita Artists Assoc. I am working on getting more perspective in my work these days; even tho the perspective is atrocious here. Will work on that.

There is another paint out tomorrow at Rancho Camolus on the 126 tomorrow all day. There will be costumed period models there to paint, if anyone can get a sick day.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Threw some quick color on.

Quick gestural.


I'm going to call this done. I'm actually tired of looking at it. It was painted entirely without burnt umber because I ran out. I had finished most of it before I left for Hawaii and forgot to post it. Today I just threw a few more highlights on it and glazed it.

I usually struggle with reds, but am pleased as the way the reds turned out this time.

Lots of diaxozine purple with cad med red and cad orange hue which gave me the inspiration to paint the squid-which I need to finish also! Acrylic on canvas board with several glazes inbetween paint layers. This would look terrific with a gold gilt frame.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Golden Dragon

I'm still not very good at color correcting these...

Hopefully I will be done with this on the next pass.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Getting in the mood

Greg's away for a few hours, my baby's asleep, so it is unusually peaceful here. Comic Con is just around the corner so maybe I can sneak in a few fantasy pieces to show?

Establishing the values, planes, using big and thick brushes--this is my favorite part of a painting. This stage is pure inspiration and bliss--the next parts are pure work.

This is taken from a ball point pen scribble (see below). This is approximately 45 min. of work; acrylic on canvas paper.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Brain and Ball point pen aways moving:

Back from Hawaii. I went for my cousin's wedding, so I wasn't able to sit much and sketch, but I did get these.

I started to sketch a lot with a ball point pen, which I have not done in years. It was the most handy tool available, and if I got the pages wet, I knew the pen would not run. The dragon drawings were done in the car as we drove around Honolulu! Without husband and child with me, I could really jam with the creativity. The turtles drawings were done after snorkeling with them off the shore of Waikiki-the one day I got to roam on my own.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008


This will be my last post for awhile. I am leaving for Hawaii tomorrow.

Monday, March 10, 2008

This is just a quick color, brush exercise. I wanted to paint something optimistic and happy. I love the salmon pink color and was finally able to reproduce that type of color on canvas. I don't know if I will ever finish this; I just needed to loosen up.

I love octopuses; they are so weird and beautiful. A lot of people know that many of the celaphod family can squirt ink in the shape of itself to fool an enemy, but did you know that at the same time it can turn completely transparent in the ocean afterwards and "disappear"? I just learned this reading books to my daughter...

I need to finish the gold statue and the painting of Jim Zamlich but I will be flying to Hawaii on Thursday and just needed a visual break from these.

Friday, March 07, 2008

New Blogger! This is a person to watch! Dorota paints and draws traditionally and apparently is just now taking to the digital paint world. I can't wait for her to gain confidence and momentum because I know she is going to show us more great stuff in the future!

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Another Update. I've been doing more freelance with a tightdeadline, otherwise, I would have finished this by now. As it were, I've only been able to throw down a few brushstrokes here and there. I've also moved the left eye up a little.

I've really had fun "organizing" the brushstrokes on the face and practicing with saturated colors and desaturated colors. The statue is a gold but I've thrown in reds, greens, blues, purples to make it more rich. I also ran completely out of burnt umber so I've been mixing raw umber with dioxazine purple and 'thalo blue to get the dark darks.