I find that I alternate between landscapes and then a portrait. Portraits are so draining that I like alternating a few landscapes in between. This is from a picture taken a couple years ago when we still lived in North Carolina. I loved the calm water on the pond and the reflection of the trees. A storm was coming so the colors just popped out.
This is a second one from the grounds of the Chateau des Alpilles in Provence from this summer. The trees and long stretches of grass were beautiful. The hotel is in St. Remy, a very quaint and artistic town, I wish I could have stayed longer and gone to all the galleries!
Didn't get to paint a lot this week but I did go to my class in Milwaukee on Wednesday and enjoyed it so much! This is Gabriel, my nephew, I had promised my mom that I would do a portrait of him for her. He has this cute little mischievous smile in this picture and that is so him!
We went to see the river boats this past summer. It was interesting to see them going up or down the canal, and to think that they had this system for years and years. It would be such a treat to be on one of those boats painting! My sister who's great at taking pictures took this one.
This is the portrait I did yesterday at the "Live model" drawing/painting sitting. I was a little worried about doing my first portrait in oils as opposed to acrylics but I found that it's easier to do a "softer" portrait with oils because you can make the edges fuzzy later, had I tried that with acrylics I would have found that the edges were already dry. Still learning but really enjoying it!
I just love the broken fence and this winding path. Where does this path go I wonder?
I'm getting more used to oil paints and I'm actually starting to like the fact that it doesn't dry so quickly. You can actually move the paint with your paintbrush if you need to, I think that's just great!!!! I went to my "Live Model" session today and am pretty happy with the results, I will post it tomorrow (it's already onDailyPaintworks if you're interested in checking it out).
This is what I did in "Painting/drawing from live model" class this week. I had a hard time getting some of her features right and it was frustrating at times...still decided to see it through and I'm satisfied with the end result. Hopefully next week will be better!