Friday, December 25, 2009

Family time

These three were supposed to be in a set of four - some of my near relatives.
I only managed to paint three out of four so far. These are painted on A3-sized plywood, which I bought in the building supplies store, and painted both sides with white.
Even though I painted both sides, some of the five sheets I bought did warp a bit, and none of them stayed really flat.

It was interesting dealing with the third, the painting was intended to be of
my niece, but depending on what errors I made in composing the face, the
image flipped between being of the niece, or her mother. I guess they look
a bit alike. The end result is that the painting looks like neither of them, but clearly the features are recognizable as those of either of them.

Anyhow, here they are.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Last session for the season

The drawing class has come to a close, with only a few images.
The two chalk drawings were sort of 'warm-up' for the two acrylic
paintings. The model is impossibly proportioned, I am not making
anything up. Reducing muscle mass, if anything.

The drawings were made in about ten minutes apiece.

Chalk on paper, ca. 70 x 50 cm

Chalk on paper, ca. 70 x 50 cm

The acrylic paintings are somewhat weird, I had brought only three
primary colors plus white, and started mixing, aiming for a skin
color. The result is somewhat purplish, and the effect is 'modern'.

Interesting, though (to me, at least), is that I bought Winsor & Newton
'System 3' colors, and they are very intense, so I used much less paint,
and they didn't dry out so quickly on the palette as some other paints do.
In short: I liked these. I guess the name 'System 3' also appeals to the nerd in me.

Acrylics on canvas, approx. 80 x 50 cm

Last painting in 2009:

The last one was done in a few minutes, just a draft, really, as anyone
can see. Again, I had mixed some strange colors, that don't fit, neither
subject nor background. But the proportions could be worse.

Acrylics on canvas, approx. 80 x 50 cm