Monday, August 27, 2018

Thor : : a new pet portrait commission

12" x 9" x 1.5"
Oil with a palette knife on Ampersand Gessobord

This is Thor, enjoying the beach and all the interesting people, other animals, and things to look at. Don't you love all his wrinkles and rolls?

Here are a photo showing you my set up at the gallery. I used color print outs as well as an iPad for reference. If you look closely, you'll see that I moved the beach umbrella from the left of the photo to the right.

And here is a photo showing my initial sketch on the orange background color I like to use.

Monday, August 13, 2018

First Communions

First Communion
16" x 16" x 2"
Oil with a palette knife on Ampersand Gessobord

This painting was inspired by a family photo of my oldest sister's first communion. I found the photo among a bunch of old slides that my dad sent me awhile ago. I remember these colorful dresses as being a favorite which we only wore for special occasions.

Some times I like to take close up photos on certain parts of the painting so you can see my palette knife strokes.

Back in 2011, I participated in a project called "The Sketchbook Project" and I included a drawing of this photo.
Cathy told me that she still has her communion veil after all these years.

I also included a drawing from my other sister, Lyn's first communion day:

As well as from my first communion day.  I am pretty sure I still have my veil too but I need to go hunt in the basement and see if I can find it. 

And finally, my dad's first communion. My dad follows my blog so he'll probably see this and remember the photo this drawing was done from. I think I still have his little communion book stored away somewhere too!

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