Starting another painting

Well, the first painting of the Carder class is finished now – for better or worse. I think it’s ok… but nothing to write home about.

I have to say I was truly impressed with the drawing method – using the proportional divider made everything so much more accurate! I have been blessed to be able to draw pretty well – but this new tool was amazing! Improved my drawing accuracy by leaps and bounds! So if you want to make one (or buy one) for yourself to draw from life, definitely check out the videos at Really awesome stuff!

final 2So today I did some final touchups on the first painting. It doesn’t look a whole lot different, but I toned down some sections and tried to put more “punch” into it by darkening the darks and highlighting the lightest lights. But I don’t thing the painting will really come to life until it dries completely and I can varnish it so the colors come back to full vibrancy. (Incidentally – that glass cup on the left was my grandpa’s… he used it every day and has been gone since 1965. I love that thing!)

Meanwhile, I started another one today. Not painting, exactly, but the prep work.

Since I canned the last of the fresh tomatoes last night, I went with a set up of a still life with EGGS. It was either that or onions, but I’m itching to do a few eggs right now. I don’t know if I can light them well enough to make them truly interesting, but it will be a new painting exercise. Here’s the setup and the initial drawing…

still life setup 2

drawing 2

This drawing is looking a little low on the board to me but I did it with my proportional divider. That’s not to say I had it set up correctly. But I figure if all else fails, my son Brad, the woodworker, can run it through the saw and shave a couple inches off the top. OR…. I could suck it up and start over.  Hmmmmm……

Stay tuned for more updates. I know this is about as interesting as watching paint dry… because it really is watching paint dry!! But if you like to follow someone’s art progression, here I am!

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. aderjean
    Nov 29, 2014 @ 09:19:04

    Starry, Starry Night… how are things going now? I just browsed back through some of your entries from Italy, and it brought back some very good memories. It was a magical time. You do have a way with words, as well as a way with brushes and paints. Miss you and the others something awful some days. Butterflies bring tears to my eyes often. Please start writing again when you can. I may not always comment, but I am here — reading. My hands are so bad on days like today that I type with one finger, but my mind is still sharp and my “Sheena” tongue can be quick as a whip, sharp as a razor. 🙂



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