Praise Lord God! I completed my Christmas painting! I still need to mount it up onto a wooden frame support and varnish it. I took a photo before the varnish since it seems to photograph better before than afterwards. I was able to order my Christmas postcards tonight too!!! Better late than never! I learned so many new things doing this painting and I learned I have a lot more to learn too, esp about color, color value and relationships of light and shadow. Also learned I do not like to paint small so my 1st try on this painting took 2 months on a smaller version(estimated size: 8 1/2" x 10 1/2")then I dropped it and started over on a much larger version(25" x 32 1/2"), but I learned what works for me so it was very useful having put in the time doing the smaller version. Had to crop some of the edges due to parellex in the photo(still learning, I believe the colors are truer to the original than others I've taken before)but it does not take anything of significance away. This painting is painted all in acrylics. I hope who ever stops by will enjoy it. Thank you.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Ok, I finally did it! I am stepping out in faith establishing that I would like to take commissions for portraits, mainly children's portraits, but I am willing to do teens and adults too. This really is an act of faith for me. I am doing it afraid but trusting God, what ever He has planned is best, whether I ever get a response or a commission through this blog, I know it is helping me to continue trusting God to do what needs doing in my life.
Friday, September 30, 2011
Decided to figure out how many portraits I've completed over the past 30 years: over 100. I look at everyone of those as learning experiences, some came out great, some did not, but all were helpful to get me to where I am now. I am presently working on a double portrait, 3 individual Okinawan Eisa dancing children paintings, 1 single portrait and my Christmas card painting, with 5 others waiting to get finished. My goal now over the next 30 years, God the Father through Jesus willing, I will complete 700 - 1000 portraits. I can see that it can be done with the new acrylic classical process I am using now. Hope to have something posted in a couple of weeks(this process does still take time but much faster than the past processes I've used, other than just drawings.
Monday, September 19, 2011
Ok, here is the 1st of a new way I am painting my portraits now. The owner loved it and so do I. I praise God for teaching me a new way of doing things and I know I have a long way to go but I see a clear direction now, more than I've ever had before! I still do not know how to photograph my paintings so they come out actual colors. Everything in this photo is fine except the background has too much blue when it should be pinkish. I'll get better with it in time. Today I start teaching Good News Art class in my home! I'm so thankful to God for the opportunity!
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Well, I'm back. Hope to have more paintings to post up by the end of September but here are 2 that I did while I was in the USA, NM. These 2 are acrylic with embroidary lettering sewn through the canvas then re-gessed to seal both sides of the canvas then painted over. I like the glowing 3D effect it gives the painting but I don't always paint on canvas and it really takes a lot of time and is rough on my arthritic fingers, it was a great experiment and I hope to one day figure out a way to do the same things without having to stitch it, otherwise these are the 1st and last I will do with that technique.
When I got back from the USA in June I started up using my oil pastels and color pencils but realized I really do prefer to work with acrylic, maybe with touches of oil bars and color pencils. I have difficulting with the amount of time that I need when I have to deal with color values so I decided to learn to use acrylics making my own process using a classical technique. So far the learning process is going well and I hope to be applying what I learn by next week for my own projects. So far I love the way the practice portraits are coming out, but they are copies of copyrighted images so I do not feel at liberty to post them in public. Thank you for stopping by and I hope you will come back. Joy in Jesus