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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

New painting-"The new fan"

This piece is titled "The new fan." The character on the left is showing her new feather fan to the other girls. I wanted to paint each girl with a different reaction to the fan.
All of the characters in the original reference were wearing very plain dresses. Beadwork designs were added to them to establish a rhythm and color variation to an otherwise gold palette. The three girls grouped together were further grouped with their beadwork patterns continuing  into each other.
Originally I tried to paint this character with a Shirley Temple-esqe reaction. It proved to look too cutesy and distracting. Her body stance as if she was not going to be impressed with any new fan went better with a more subdued expression. 
 
This girl had her own fan-lets say an older plain model. I wanted her to look as if she wished she had the newer fan and felt a little embarrassed about her old plain fan.
While this girl was shy to show her reaction, her hand is starting to clutch her dress in excitement. Her feet are leaning towards the fan to get a better look at it.



Thursday, October 24, 2013

New Painting-Rides with eagles"

 This is another new piece. It is titled "Rides with eagles."  It is a 40x50 oil on linen canvas. The large size makes it difficult to photograph in details, but I have included some shots anyway.
The horse is a paint horse, which is a difficult coat pattern I have only painted a few times. Howard Terpning says that he "never saw a paint horse that didn't need repainting."
I am trying to better learn how to interpret the reference in front of me. The original model was younger and looked to be more of Italian descent than my idea of Native American. 
His head piece being smaller in nature allowed for too much dead space, so it was changed to a larger war bonnet. 
I gave him more of an aged appearance, hoping it would lend an air of wisdom that tends to accompany one who has earned the right to wear a war bonnet.
 



Sunday, October 20, 2013

Saturday demo day-portrait and still life at Watts Atelier


These are my demos from yesterdays classes. The first is from the still life class. I apologize for the photo glare and quality, these were taken on the easel as the demos progressed.
The second demo of the day was for the portrait lighting class. This is cool light for the main light source and warm light for the rim accent.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

New Painting-"Legacy"

 Here is another new piece. It is titled "Legacy." It measures 18x24 and is oil on linen canvas

Friday, October 11, 2013

New paintings

                                        "Charging In" 9x12 oil on linen board. We just took a batch of pieces out to Tucson this week. I have some more to post, but for now here are some of the smaller images.
                                                    "Hot Pursuit" 16x12 oil on linen panel.
                                                   "War Paint" 16x20 oil on linen board

Friday, October 4, 2013

New painting-Yellow Feather

 Here is a new painting titled "Yellow Feather."  It is oil on linen panel, 16x12. I have several more pieces to post, but have been painting furiously for the last month and have not had a chance to post.