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More Indirect Painting

I mentioned in my previous post that I’ve got four paintings in progress at the moment. This is the one that I’ve been working on the longest, which is not necessarily to say that it’s the closest one to being finished. I knew going into it that this was going to be an endeavor; that’s half the reason that I asked Kayti to sit for me. There’s still a long way to go.

You may not be able to see a lot of change since the last update but a good portion of the time was spend determining how best to shift the background. I knew that I wanted it darker but that I also wanted to keep the reddish hue. When I started out it seemed obvious that I’d just glaze an alizarine crimson over the cadmium red that was serving as the base color. Thankfully I decided to try that with a small study first to ensure that it was going to end up the way that I wanted. Needless to say, it did not… but if I ever decide to do a still life featuring candied apples I’ll know how to proceed.

I was so positive that the alizarine was going to work that I hadn’t really considered any alternatives. So at this point I decided to punt. I painted a bunch of small squares on a page using the cadmium red and then when those were dry I glazed all different types of transparent colors over them to see what was going to work best for what I wanted. It was a good exercise and the clear winner was a transparent mauve color which yields a nice wine-red color when glazed over the cadmium red.

Heres’ the before…. (a bit blown out, sorry about that)

Kayti (in progress)

Kayti (in progress)

And the after… (much better photo)

Kayti (in progress)

Kayti (in progress)

Now I just need to keep plugging away. Just about everything is going to need at least one more pass to get things really dialed-in the way that I would like.

Weekend Update

I haven’t been posting as regularly lately but that doesn’t mean that I have been idle. I’ve got four paintings going at the moment, two of which I haven’t yet posted online; one is the next in the series of shushing paintings and I’ve also started another still life.

I’m still working away on this one as well though.

Nelson and Theo (in progress)

Nelson and Theo (in progress)

I’m playing more with the textured backgrounds that I’ve been enjoying lately… there’s still a long way to go with this one but the major elements are there – colors of some of the elements will still shift a bit and I have a lot more work to do with the faces but it’s slowly getting there.

Paul

Portrait of Paul

Portrait of Paul

Portrait of Paul
Oil on Panel
12″ x 16″
© 2015 Jeremy C. Sparks

Getting close

Got another pass in on the hair and blocking in the color on the clothing. I think I’m going to do one more good pass on the face just to see how far I can push the rendering.

Getting close though…

Paul (in progress)

Paul (in progress)

Garden of the Gods

We’ve had a lot of snow recently but the weather finally broke this past weekend. I took the opportunity to get out early Saturday morning and get a few (hundred) shots at one of the most scenic locations maybe in the country, certainly in the state – Garden of the Gods.

Here’s a couple of the very best shots from the day.

Garden of the Gods

Garden of the Gods

Pikes Peak

Pikes Peak

Continuing the Portrait

Spent most of the day working on the this on yesterday. Getting close now. The clothing and hair need the most attention at this point. Once I’ve got those dialed-in I’ll have one more pass on the face to finishing things off.

Paul (in progress)

Paul (in progress)

Paul – Update

Got a chance to put in a little more time on this painting this weekend. Trying something a little different with the background this time. Usually I start with a gradient to lend a bit of atmospheric perspective to the composition and lately I’ve been working more with texture so I tried mashing the techniques together this time.

I’m pretty happy with the result.

Paul (in progress)

Paul (in progress)

Obviously still a long way to go with the actual portrait but it’s coming along nicely. I really like working on this smaller 12×16 size as they progress so quickly. I should probably try to keep one of these smaller portraits going all the time.