I take great pride in painting from my own photographs, but there are times when I come across photos that I enjoy so much that I just want to paint them. These paintings aren't listed for sale, and are often practice pieces that typically end up hanging on my own wall. This is one such painting. I also wanted to document my progress--I do this often, but usually forget to continue photographing about half way through.
A woman contacted me via email regarding a painting I had done over a year ago of the golden dome of Notre Dame she had found online. She was interested in having a similar painting done for her daughter who will be graduating in May. It was a very challenging painting for me the first time around! However enough time had passed that I was curious of how I might progress--I think I did pretty well!
It is so interesting to hear about artists and their preferences regarding phases of paintings. I am definitely someone who loves the beginning when things are just taking shape and then the end when it all comes together. The messy middle phase always freaks me out a little!
Macy was done as a Christmas commission gifted early. She was started with brush and I had a great soft look going, but in the end the need for thick and shiny won out. On live the palette knife! :)
I remember spending a lot of time at my paternal grandparents house when I was younger. My grandma was everything--sweet, patient, kind... So many memories of her and her home. My aunt sent me some pictures of her years ago, and I came across them again recently. This one, with the pose and the peep-toe shoes, was perfection.
The past few paintings have been done using brush and palette knife. For some reason I had rules for myself before--only palette knife on this one, let me try brush on this one... Not sure why. I'm learning more about the elements I like of each, so why not use them together??
And here is my first attempt at painting Christmas ornaments. More to come hopefully!