Sunday, November 6, 2011

I attempted...

I attempted to paint a self portrait... And it didn't work. Whenever I try to put the lines and dark circles where they are supposed to be, they turn out too harsh and completely unnatural. 
Still, it was interesting to paint because I experimented. I wanted to paint on a base of gold gesso, which I don't have, so I painted a layer of gold and transparent gesso over it. I used burnt sienna, raw umber, titan buff, white and a touch of red for skin colors and it was interesting to see how they look on top of a warm gold background. I left a lot of gold showing through.
Is it still considered a self-portrait if it looks nothing like me?
Have a great week!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

More of the same

I painted both birds at the same time, but didn't have time to prepare photos for both,
so I'm showing this one now.
 And because I usually love the close-ups as much, or more than the paintings,
I can't resist to post them too.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

All colors again...

It was nice exploring a limited palette, but I can't stay for long from using all crayons in the box at the same time :-)