Belated Update

Haven’t posted here in a while… here’s some of the stuff that I’ve been working on.

Finished this one a while back and it’s dry enough now to be varnished. I always look forward to this point in the life of a painting. It’s always so much fun to look at a painting again after it’s been freshly varnished, you get that sense of, “oh yeah, that’s what it looked like when I painted it.” It’s very shiny now, as you can probably tell from the glare at the top of the photo.

Todd (Varnished)
Todd (Varnished)

I’ve also been working quite a bit on this painting of Jordyn. There’s still a long way to go with this one but it’s starting to take shape. Apologies for the photograph, there’s a lot of glare.

Jordyn (in progress)
Jordyn (in progress)

Leif and Tabby Update

A lot the the work that I do is very iterative and at times it feels a lot like I’m putting in hours for very marginal improvements. I’m really not complaining though it’s taken me years to be able to get to those marginal gains and I really appreciate how much further I am able to push my paintings now compared to even a year ago.

Here’s the update on Leif and Tabby. While it probably doesn’t look a whole lot different from the last image that I posted a couple weeks back I’ve put in three more sessions. Primary I’ve been working on the portrait of Leif. I feel like I’ve finally got it standing up to the portrait of Tabby and so I should be able to move on with both now. The painting really has gotten over the hump now and hopefully I’ll be able to finish it off over the coming break.

Leif and Tabby (in progress)
Leif and Tabby (in progress)

Weekend Update

Took a long weekend to get some extra painting time in this past weekend. It was nice to have some time to do a little extra painting. Ended up working on four separate paintings.

It’s interesting, at least to me, as they’re all at different stages so you can almost see the progression of a painting with my working studio practice from these four works.

I have a longer post about this one as I lucked into an extra day to work on it but I did start a self portrait. Here it is at the earliest stages.

Portrait of the Artist (in progress)
Portrait of the Artist (in progress)

I also got a chance to get back to this portrait of Jordyn. This is the second pass at the fleshy parts, still haven’t covered all of the earlier wipeout layer but starting to bring in local chroma.

Jordyn (in progress)
Jordyn (in progress)

Here’s the double portrait of Leif and Tabby. I’m starting to resolve the background before applying the final layers to the portrait. Still a ways to go and the clothing is just early local coloring, but you need the background in before you attack the final layers.

Leif and Tabby (in progress)
Leif and Tabby (in progress)

This portrait of Tayrou is nearly resolved. It needs one or maybe two more passes to just get it dialed in fully. The clothing will be the last step to finishing it off but the background and portrait are nearly there.

Tayrou (in progress)
Tayrou (in progress)