Monday, August 28, 2017

"Stillness" A Portrait In Oil

I have not used my oil paints for a while and decided to get them out and use them.  This painting was started on a black gessoed canvas.  I did not work from a sketch this time but just dove right in to the painting.  If I would have sketched this piece I think I may have painted the girl one size smaller.  There were quite a few layers involved here and I tried to keep the background abstract. I used many glazes. The final one was more opaque to give it a hazy feeling and add to the Sfumato effect I was trying to achieve. Here is the finished painting:


My daughter and I walk quite a bit.  I took the camera with me to one of my favorite spots near my house.  You can walk through the woods yet end up on the beach.  I have to admit my inner beach bum has really reappeared this Summer. It is so beautiful to sit by the water I swear you can feel it in your soul!  This painting was inspired by this photo of my youngest daughter in the wooded area.

May God's stillness and peace be with you always.  Prayers to those suffering in Texas.

Until the next time....

Donna




Friday, July 14, 2017

Giving An Old Painting A Face Lift

Last December I completed a painting.  I will post it later but it was of a girl and a dandelion.  I had never painted a dandelion puff before so I watched a few You Tube tutorials. This is the one I found that worked the best for me:
Then I set off to practice & finally applied the technique to canvas.  I was very happy with the way the painting turned out.  The dandelion was just what I wanted and the little girls face was cute too.  I had painted her before but liked this face better.  The painting hung in my house and I got many compliments on the dandelion.  After living with the painting for 6 months I decided that it was lacking something.  I have started a new group of work and am really trying to concentrate on incorporating the figure with a background. There just seemed to be too much space.  Plus I did not paint her arm the first time around & that was bugging me as well.

The other night I drew her arm.  I then watched the dandelion video again as a refresher.  This morning I updated the painting.  I also glazed it to warm it up.  I think it is much better now.  I guess what I am trying to say is do not be afraid to change your mind.  Sometimes I think a work is done but after I live with it for a while a creative jolt hits me over the head and pushes me to do more. Trust your gut.  It is only paint.  If the work is lacking you've got nothing to loose.

Here are the before and afters.  I hope you have a wonderful weekend!  Until the next time... Peace!

                                                    ~Donna~




Friday, July 7, 2017

"Felicity" Acrylic Portrait Painting

I painted Felicity with a very relaxed mindset.  I started with a black gessoed canvas and took it from there.  Painting on black puts a different spin on things and is quite fun.  I used layers of acrylic paint with collage papers.  I like the enchanted feeling of this piece.  It makes me think of the magic of childhood.  This painting is available on my website.

I am happy to announce that I will have 5 paintings featured in an upcoming exhibit 1:26 The Art Of Epilepsy.  It will be held by the Kant Institute in Newport Beach, Ca.  Here are a couple of links to the exhibit:  

A wonderful night of art for a good cause!

Oh come ye child
To the land of fey
      Where dragons roam
And fairies play
  Where the music is
  Both soft and wild
  Oh come, oh come
 Oh come ye child!
                      Diana Leger

Have a great weekend!
~Donna~