Today was my official last day of the residency but now my work starts to produce 100 portraits for my show in the same space, Whoo Hoo! Today I also photographed another couple of neighbours and I've now got 89 people shot. That is amazing to me and I'm looking forward to the next phase of my project. I'm also surprised I'm here at the end of the residency, 3 months and some of it felt long but now I'm a little shocked it's over.
Also finished this portrait of Andre and feel pretty happy with the finished piece. May need to rephotograph with better light but here it is.
Another setup that I let David prepare for us to paint. For a young guy he has a great eye. I keep reminding him to consider his main design element and in this case I think his worked better then mine. I need to listen to my own advice. This time I got to take home the fresh veggies also.
I had another sitting with Andre today and will finish this very soon as I have gotten pretty close to being completed. His locks have been very interesting to do and I left them to last since every time he moves about they change positions greatly. I'll complete them now from the photo as I have all the hues and values well established.
André has been a great subject to paint and a delight. I'm not finished and will work further on his dreadlocks which are an amazing feature, he tells me they have been ten years in the making.
I've been meaning to paint this dog and went ahead and did this drawing first. Drawing the portraits first I have found to be a great help with developing them into paintings. Why not with a dog portrait with the same process. I've also discovered with this that I really enjoy doing these sketches, so much fun.
Having been drawing for weeks now in my sketch book as a preliminary step to the portraits, I've decided I like doing graphite so much that I wanted to do something a little different on my day off. Might have to take another day off this weekend and do something else not art related. This was the orchid I purchased a week ago and I've been trying to find time to paint it again but this did not happened yet.
Here I was trying to look at edges and try and get depth to the drawing. Fun stuff!
Second week at my local Farmers Marketpainting outdoors. This was painted en plein air under the cover of the bandstand because it started to sprinkle when we first got started so taking no chances we got up on the stage where there was cover. This piece is going into my Daily Paintworks auction starting at $50us. I haven't been very active there lately but will start this going again with sale prices for the duration of the auctions only. These after auctions will go up to my standard $280.
My local farmer's market has started it's new season. As I am officially still in the last couple of weeks of my portrait residency I figured I'd add the head with the the planes to my still life set up. The market is just outside of where I am located for painting and this week I went out into the market to see more of my neighbours. It was a very busy market and I got a lot of interest.
This is a screen shot from the video I tried to take that didn't turn out for me. I need a lot more practice before I show any of them. At the end of the market hours the sun came out for a short while, lovely.
You can see some of my portraits on display, plus the still life set up. I purchased an orchid that wasn't going to fit my panel very well, a bit too high but beautiful with lots of buds. I shortened the stem and brought it into the oval design element I chose to work with. I didn't need to move mountains in this plein air painting.