Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Insanity day 4

This experience is very different for me.  Inch by inch, I follow the patterns and only until today have I really seen the results starting to appear.  It must be the same experience that the genius artist, Chuck Close, went thru. 

His painting is 102" high by 84.5" wide - meaning he handled a massive undertaking that involved hundreds of roughly 2.5" squares, each with it's own personality and color combination. 

At some point today, on day 4, I made up a new palette on my pizza pan that involved what colors I've been mixing.  Jewel tones mostly.  And trust me, I put down a color, wash the brush, add another color, wash the brush - repeating that about.... let's see.... about 385 times in an area 6" x 1.5".  CRAZY. 

What's on my mind as I paint this is how Close made his decisions for shapes, colors, etc per cell.  When I back away, I see some logic, but the rest is magic.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

I Must Be Insane

Cell by cell, inch by inch, the beginnings of a 12 x 12" painting - what you see is 3" x 9".  This is 50% agony and 50% Zen.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Progress of 'Walk A Mile' day 4

early in the day...

I pondered on the camouflage shorts but decided they tied in harmoniously with the U.S. Marshall's suits.  And if I didn't like the results, I'd just wipe it and start over - but I like it.

The legs are tricky.  There's close together, a little confusing who's leg is who's but they're twins.  Intertwined.


I had no plans for the wall color.  Often I approach it as some do when choosing a wall color for a room in their house.  Going on gut, put a little patch down and feel it out.  Then I work with adjustments. 

early evening... 

The Democratic Convention on my TV, next to my painting, has really fueled my progress the last few days, to be honest.  I'm psyched.  Off to a shower and dinner and watching the last night. Yay.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Progress of 'Walk A Mile' day 3

early in the day...

I love the twin brothers.

I hated painted the wall.

later in the day...

The slower progress is over.  The hard part is done.  My awe of Norman Rockwell's hand continues.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Progress of 'Walk A Mile' day 2

Slow progress today - enjoying the woman's blouse design and trying hard not to overdo it.  The little girl has to be so very accurate in proportions, so I took my time with all of her then carving the borders of her figure with the back wall color.

Now I could use some coffee...

Monday, July 25, 2016

Progress of 'Walk A Mile' day 1

Day 1 

The size of this painting is 12 x 12" and includes a Norman Rockwell painting 'The Problem We All Live With', a grandmother and her two twin grandsons viewing the painting.

Because it's important to me to render Rockwell's painting accurately, I grid my reference photograph and transfer the guidelines onto my panel.  I've painted my panel with a ground black, although it doesn't look as black on this photo, using a grey colored pencil to sketch out the main lines.

I work from the top left to right mainly to keep it neat - sometimes my tired painting hand (right) has to lean on the panel and I don't want it to smudge.