The real voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes. - Marcel Proust

Monday, January 28, 2013

Mugshot Monday #2

I thought the fun part of this painting would be painting his dreads. But no, the fun part actually turned out to be that little scar in his right eyebrow. Never would have guessed that....

Monday, January 21, 2013

Mugshot Monday

Still playing with faces. I am taking a cue from the uber-talented Karen Jurick and painting mugshots. Real ones.  Check out her Bust-ed blog here.  She teaches this in her classes too, so you'll see painters all over the internet painting mugshots of the arrested and not-so-arrested in mugshot poses.

Why mugshots?  Well, for me, it's hard to find models to sit when I have a few spare moments. Of course, the web is full of people photos, but 98% of them are smiling, so they aren't good subjects for formal portrait painting practice.  People do tend to be serious during the arrest process.  And face it -- mugshots are a resource we won't run out of anytime soon.  Some of them have hilarious expressions.  Some mugshot photographers have a very artistic sense of lighting. Overall, mugshots are great for practicing painting the human face. So, a new semi-regular series is born -- Mugshot Mondays. 
Mugshot Monday #1
Oils on canvas, 8x10"

Monday, January 14, 2013

Tall, Dark, and Handsome

Well, I'm just guessing at the "tall" part.....

Graphite on bristol, not the greatest scan.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Head studies

I spent the year-end holidays doing head studies and making flesh tone color charts. It was much more fun than it sounds.  There are definite problems with each of these studies, but I learned so much. Plus I was painting and having fun. What more can you ask?

Angry lady, 8x10:

Zombie girl, 11x14. I did this after watching Chris Saper's video on monochrome portraits. For some reason, her painting didn't have this zombie look.

Mr. Big (Nose), 8x10. Definite anatomy issues, but there's something about it I liked anyway.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

2012 Painting Stats

I admit it's silly to count the number of paintings I've done. However, I work full-time and often feel guilty (?)/ stressed (?)/ sad (?) that I can't paint more than I do. So it helps me to review what I've done over the year.  So, drum-roll please.....

Number of paintings painted: 85  (that's 7.08 per month, sizes ranging from 6x6" to 18x24")
Number of finished graphite or ink drawings:  17
Number of workshops:  2
Number of pieces accepted into shows: 1 (a first for me)

I was rather surprised at the breakdown of subjects painted or drawn:

Landscape: 18
Still Life:  32  (I was on a painting from life kick all summer)
Floral:  17
Portraits: 17
Dogs:  9
Abstract: 9

I have to admit that they were not all blog-worthy paintings.  But these are the ones that I at least took a photograph of, just for the record. Not all of them were photo-worthy.  I completed a number of the still life paintings and drawings in my car during lunch breaks.  That helped to increase my overall numbers, as well as to save my sanity during our company's hostile takeover.

Picking a favorite painting of the year was, of course, like asking a mother to pick a favorite child. But I'd have to say it's this 8"x10" oil of a north Georgia waterfall:
I liked the color combinations, the thick brushstrokes, and the fact that it sold to one of my favorite people ever (thanks, E!).

Thanks for following along, even with my sparse postings through the year.  Here's to 2013. May all my paintings be blog-worthy, regardless of subject....