Friday, April 30, 2010
I'm a couple of days early for my check-in and still plan to check in on Sat/Sun but wanted to go ahead and post up my progress on the portraits. Only partials due to not having model release forms. Still have much more to do but for this part of the progress I blocked in the main colors for the figures and backgrounds then I went ahead and completed the background. Backgrounds didn't come out like I 1st planned but turned out better than I expected. The photos didn't capture the underlying purples and greens in the background, I'm going to have to work on my photo skills some day for them to show correctly the colors.
I've been sick the last few days so I'm way behind. I'm hoping and praying I can get these completed over the next 2 weeks, Lord God I need Your help to do this for surely it is more than I can do on my own.
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Week 4 check in:
1: Feel my progress is slow but progressing. There is so much I have to prepare first before I ever put paint to the surface it feels so slow progressing.
2: What I have accomplished: I am adding parts of the 3 paintings I have in progress in the photo section in my album. Sorry the 1st 3 progress photos were difficult to see anything. Hopefully this one will be better and you will see what progress I've done, again I can only show parts because of lack of model release forms.
I've prepared for 2 crafts for Sunday's Children's Church program.
I had to rearrange some of my studio again so I can get to the air conditioner to clean it out as needed, actually it made things better organized in the studio and much easier access to what I need when I am painting.
I was able to pin the baby quilt together(quilt top + batting + backing material)after adding the border which I drew sea turtles outlines on the border.
Drew only 1 day for my daily drawing but did some art study reading.
3. Insights: Hmm...not sure I have anything to add but what I put in #1. Well, I did realize I want my paintings, no matter what I paint to have more blue in them since that is my favorite color and it so me. And I want to find more time to draw something daily.
4. Things I would have liked to have done but didn't was: did not finish my challenge quilt but I did get to the binding and I did sew the hanging sleeve together. I wanted to concentrate on my going to bed earlier so it cut into my sewing time that I usually do in the evenings.
5. I do hope to have gotten the color blocked in on the main areas of the portraits and to have finished the backgrounds. Hopefully, too, to have started putting on the oil stick paints. I do hope I have finished the challenge quilt since it it due May 6th. I also will be redoing our church bulletin board backgrounds and flowers too this week.
Saturday, April 17, 2010
I put away the 1st gift portrait even though it is unfinished, it is not due until Jun but I have 3 others I needed to get done by mid-May so started them up. First I prepared the wood paint panels then gridded the plastic sheets over the photos and transferred them to the gridded paint panels. Since I don't have a model release from the parents I can only share pieces of each to give you an idea of my progress. These photos are dark but if you enlarge them you can see a bit more of what I'm doing.
I realized too that I need to redo some parts of the 1st gift portrait that I am saving to finish by Jun so I ordered some clear gesso from England, I pray it gets here in time. I need to have a thin layer of clear gesso between so I can go back over areas that need touch up without removing the 1st layers of paint.
I'm pretty pleased with the process that I have chosen so far.
I hope to have the 3 that are due in mid-May done with the redrawing of the under-drawing lines in color pencil and re-gesso until the grid lines are not visible by gessoing over with thin layers of white gesso. Then do the no-tan, then the block in colors of areas to be oil stick painted and to have the Bible verses up on the backgrounds and the backgrounds painted in acrylics.
I am almost finished with the challenge quilt, will post it after May 6th.
I am still preparing each week for children's church, this past week didn't have much to prepare for but will have much more next week.
Anyway overall things are going ok. My sleep and wake schedule has gotten better along with daily exercise, thanking God in Christ Jesus.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Here is a photo of the progress of the portrait I was working on. I had to set it aside because I have 3 more I want to finish by the mid-May and this one doesn't need to be finished until the first part of June. Priorities. I can see by the photo where I need to do some touch-ups on the part I thought I was finished with, will remember to photo in progress more so I can see what I may have missed by just looking with my eyes. It seems I look at things as I want them to look and not as they are so progress photos would help correct that problem. Thank you Pattie for the suggestion to take a progress photo.