Monday, June 30, 2008

Painting In Progress: Gypsy Mask

Lately I've been working with chaep plastic Halloween masks from the 1960's-80's that I've collected. Now I'm starting my first painting in what I hope to be a series. This first one is supposed to be a gypsy. I remember these well! Here's the results of the first session, the underpainting, which was done over an orange-red acrylic ground. The rest will be in oils. I'm going to let the underpainting dry for a few days before I start modeling the mask more.

Portrait Project - Finished

Here is a mostly finished version of the portrait. I have to become a better photographer of my work!!!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Work in Progress-Portrait

As part of Miss Stacey's Summer School, I am working on a portrait of my mother and aunts. It is based on an old snapshot taken as they left to see the Beach Boys in Hollywood. The medium is oil on canvas.

At the first painting session I sketched out the figures and painted the faces. My goal was to capture a close likeness without overworking too much.
At the second session I focused on hair and clothing. I'm not quite sure about the background yet.