Thursday, February 28, 2013

Portrait #5 - Karina - SOLD

6 x 6 oil on panel
SOLD

Meet Karina! At least this was Karina a year or more ago! I loved the gesture she made as she looks up at either her mom or dad at the end of bath time. These little hands always seem to be moving. This was just one of many photos I have of Karina. You might just see her again!

I do have a few more paintings of adults coming but most of the photos I've received were of course children. Which I LOVE to paint! But I'm spreading the adults out among the children so it isn't too boring. I'm still looking for good photos if anyone wants to sacrifice themselves to my cause! Just send them to cathy(at)activecore(dot)org.




Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Portrait #4 - Maddie - SOLD

6 x 6 oil on panel
SOLD
This is Maddie. I took many liberty's with this one. I cropped this image with the bath water and toy showing because I thought that would be interesting to paint. But in the end I found it distracting from the face. This little girl with her secret little smile was the star of the painting. But maybe I should have enlarged the face instead of painting out the background I definitely want to try Maddie again.


Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Portrait #3 - Anthea

6 x 6 oil on panel

This is a daughter of a wonderful artist Susan Medyn. She is an incredibly talented watercolor artist and you can see her work by clicking her name. I really struggled with this one and went back into it many many times. She is such a beautiful woman and I believe this was taken on her wedding day. I was really challenged to try to do her justice. So I was really tightening up on this one. I'm pretty happy with the painting, but I'm not sure I got the likeness as well as I would have liked. 



Monday, February 25, 2013

Portrait #2 - Maria - SOLD

6 x 6 oil on panel
SOLD
I am so happy that I can count on my friend and fellow artist Maria Bennett Hock to help me out by sending a photo! She is an incredible portrait artist and you should check out her work by clicking her name. Another GREAT photo that was nothing but fun to paint. Everything I love which is strong light, great color, and interesting shapes. I guess this is actually a portrait of two artists. The reflection in her sunglasses is of Chris Werst! 

I'm really happy with this one and didn't tweak it at all after putting it beside the photo. 



Sunday, February 24, 2013

Portrait #1 - Sienna - SOLD

6 x 6 oil on panel
SOLD

This is my first portrait for this project! I chose this one because of the strong intense lighting and bright colors. I really love the photos with sun on the face. This photo was a little blown out, but still very fun because the light pattern is so clear. I'm guessing the first thing Sienna will say when she sees this is "Where are my sprinkles?"! Painting each one of those dots and it's shadow didn't appeal to me. So this ice cream cone is sprinkle-less today!

I am surprised how hard it is for me to post the photo along with the painting. I said I would  post both, and I think it's interesting to do that, so I am. But when it came to ME doing it, I realized I need to get over painting exact replicas. I can't tell you how many times I went back into the painting to tweak just because seeing it side-by-side with the photo shows all the slight differences. But I found that my continuing to tweak starts to make my quick impression stiff. So I think what I'm really looking for is the essence of the person. 

I know it has been a long time since I have posted. I hope someone is still out there. I painted a few portraits ahead so that I could post on those days when I have to do things for mom. I've also been tying up some other loose ends so that I can focus on portraits for a month. Now it's full steam ahead! I'm going to try to get 4 to 5 done a week. 




Saturday, February 16, 2013

The Portrait Project - update


I just wanted to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who sent in photos! I'm having a blast going through them all and I can't wait to get started. I'm still looking for more so don't hesitate to send anything you come across that has a good light dark pattern. I know true portrait painters can make a painting from even a bad photo. But the guidelines I set up for this challenge does not allow for the time it will take to do that. And these are not commissions, so I prefer to select images that I think will work.

I also wanted to mention again that this is a learning experience for me. I'm really trying to get better at getting a likeness. There are many times I don't really get that likeness as much as I try. And as I open all these wonderful photos I wonder how close I can come to a likeness in many of these. But I'm going to try. And hope that I get better at it as I go. Thank you for contributing to my process!! 

I'm going to collect photos for another week, then I will start posting. My goal is to post 4 to 5 a week through the month of March. I will let you know when I want you to stop sending in more photos.

Here are the details again, and you can read the original post here.

Would you be willing to send me a photo of yourself, your husband, wife, friend, child or pet that I could paint from?
  • Please email your digital photos to me, cathy(at)activecore(dot)org
  • By sending me photo(s) you grant me permission to paint from these images and also to post your  photo along with the photo of the painting, on my blog and website.
  • This photo should have been taken by you. No professional photography please.
  • Photos taken outside in strong light are important. A photo that has good sun and shade on a face has a better chance of being chosen. The same goes for a pet.
  • Photos taken with a flash are usually not as good, but could sometimes work.
  • Unusual perspective and/or angles are really good. Smiling directly at the camera isn’t always the most interesting shot.
  •  I reserve the right to crop these photos in creative ways for artistic effect.
  • I need fairly high-resolution images so that I can crop and create a more intimate moment.
  • Don't be surprised if I use unusual colors in skin tones or hair. I LOVE color!
  •  All paintings will be done in oil on a 6x6 panel. I will sell them all for $75 on my Daily Paintworks gallery.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

The Portrait Project



I do love painting portraits and I want to get better at them. So in March, I’m starting a challenge for myself and I’m calling it “The Portrait Project”

But I need your help! 

Would you be willing to send me a photo of yourself, your husband, wife, friend, child or pet that I could paint from? The number of paintings I’ll do would be dependent on how many photos I get.

Send me as many photos as you like. I will be weeding through these to pick what I think are the best to paint from. So just because you send one in does not guarantee I will use it. Send in a few. I'll continue to collect photos until I have at least 25 that I think will work for this project. I would love to paint even more if I have time and images. 


Here are the details:
  • Please email your digital photos to me, cathy(at)activecore(dot)org
  • By sending me photo(s) you grant me permission to paint from these images and also to post your  photo along with the photo of the painting, on my blog and website.
  • This photo should have been taken by you. No professional photography please.
  • Photos taken outside in strong light are important. A photo that has good sun and shade on a face has a better chance of being chosen. The same goes for a pet.
  • Photos taken with a flash are usually not as good, but could sometimes work.
  • Unusual perspective and/or angles are really good. Smiling directly at the camera isn’t always the most interesting shot.
  •  I reserve the right to crop these photos in creative ways for artistic effect.
  • I need fairly high-resolution images so that I can crop and create a more intimate moment.
  • Don't be surprised if I use unusual colors in skin tones or hair. I LOVE color!
  •  All paintings will be done in oil on a 6x6 panel. I will sell them all for $75 on my Daily Paintworks gallery.
There is no obligation to purchase the painting. This is not a commission.



Mad Dash

6 x 6 oil on panel

I think the group shots are more dynamic, though it's a bit hard to fit these on a 6x6 board. I've been trying to be looser, but this seems a bit undone to me. So hard to know when to stop.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Hustle

6 x 6 oil on panel

One last running legs painting before I start my portraits. The first one will be posted this coming Monday morning. I'm anxious to get started with them.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Lunge

6 x 6 oil on panel

I'm back at my series of running legs. I wanted to finish a few more before I start my portrait project. I'm still hoping to get YOU ALL to send me photos to paint from! Sounds like fun! 
More info to come. 

I'm painting this guy again. A little bit looser this time. His movement is fun to try to capture. 

Monday, February 11, 2013

Exciting News!

"Rower"
8 x 10 Oil on panel 

My painting "Rower" has been invited to show at the 26th Annual Women's Works show. This will run from March 7 through April 28, 2013 at the Old Court House Arts Center in Woodstock, IL. I'm really excited about this and can't wait to see everyones work. It is always a good show and this year there were 600 entries.

Just got back from Arizona and I'm trying to adjust to all the snow, wind and cold. I haven't painted for a week and I'm feeling a little rusty. I'll get into the studio today and see how it goes. 

Friday, February 1, 2013

Collage


Here are my 22 paintings in 30 days. I'm pretty happy with them. Check out everyone else's collage at Leslie's blog