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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.

Weekend Update

Haven’t had as much time to work on this one lately as I would have liked, but I put a solid day in on it this past Sunday.

Nelson and Theo (in progress)

Nelson and Theo (in progress)

Still a long way to go but it’s coming along nicely at this point.

Shh…

Shh (Shad)

Shh (Shad)

Shh (Shad)
Oil on Panel
24″ x 36″
© 2015 Jeremy C. Sparks

New Toy

So I finally scrapped together enough pennies to get a new lens for my camera. Between Christmas money, birthday money, tax refund money, selling some of old and unused camera gear and buying a used lens I was able to make it work.

So today was the first day I got a chance to get out there and see what all that scrimping and saving had bought me.

Here’s a nice shot of Pikes Peak as seen from UCCS.

Pikes Peak

Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods

Here’s a zoomed in version of just the peak.

Pikes Peak

Pikes Peak, just the peak

There’s actually enough pixels that you can actually see the structure at the top of the peak…

Pikes Peak

Pikes Peak, just the tippity-top

Here’s a portion of Garden of the Gods as seen from UCCS when zoomed way in… I wonder who owns those giant houses. I’m jealous of their view.

Garden of the Gods

Garden of the Gods

One more picture of Garden of the Gods.

Garden of the Gods

Garden of the Gods

I’m very impressed with the new lens. It’s got a huge photo range and it sufficiently sharp for shooting whatever I need to. Really happy with my 2-lens setup now.

Sketching

So I was doing some drawing in my studio last night and I found myself missing paint. I haven’t been doing a lot of drawing recently so I figured it would be a nice break from the challenges of painting. Working in a dry, mono-chromatic medium seemed like it would be almost relaxing at this point. Apparently not.

It was late enough that I didn’t want to mix up a full palette just to do a quick oil sketch so I mixed up a very limited dead palette and jumped in with that. This was done in about 90 minutes using only two colors (transparent red oxide and blue black) plus white.

Oil Sketch (self portrait)

Oil Sketch (self portrait)

I was really liberating working so quickly, loosely and just focusing on values and temperatures. Obviously it’s not a finished work but for a quick oil sketch (or bozzetti) it was fun.

Update

I’ve been remiss in posting updates lately. It’s not that I haven’t been working, it’s just that I haven’t posted updates on what I’m doing… But, today I got my Christmas/Birthday/Tax Refund gift – an awesome new lens for my camera that will finally allow me the ability to photograph my paintings in my studio. Huzzah!

Anyhow here’s the first images shot with the new lens.

I’ve been cropping this one of Kayti, so now you can finally see the full composition. I still have a long way to go with this one and my background testing of glazing Alizarine over the Cadmium Red isn’t quite what I thought it was going to be so now I’m reconsidering options. I’m probably going to need to do a few smaller studies to really figure out where to go from here in the background. Part of me really wants to hack at it with the palette knife like I’m doing in some of the other paintings, but as Julie, rightly, pointed out there’s already a lot of texture and details in the hair and tattoo, so I really don’t want to have the background competing with the subject on this one.

Kayti (in progress)

Kayti (in progress)

Here’s the latest on my Shushing painting of Shad. I was really hoping to be done with this one by now and while it’s very close to be finished it’s still telling me that it wants something more. I’m very happy with the background, hopefully you can see the texture there from the raking light. But the clothing feels a bit flat in parts, and there’s still a lingering drawing issue or two that I want to work out. So I think I’m going to put it on the easel again this weekend and see if I can’t get it dialed in just a little bit more.

Shh (Shad, in progress)

Shh (Shad, in progress)