Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year! To bring you up to speed, below are several Christmas commissions. I'll walk you through them.
A friend commissioned this as a gift for his wife- it is a tree that is very special to her family. 16x20 acrylic on stretched canvas. First the photographs:
The painting in progress:
The next painting was a commission from a friend for a family member. I loved the photograph with the trees in the background. This is 11x14 acrylic on stretched canvas.
Next: a friend commissioned a painting of their dog as a gift for her husband. 11x14 acrylic on stretched canvas. I painted the whole canvas gray/blue, then transferred my drawing to the canvas with tracing paper which helped so much! Sometimes I erase so many times and redraw that by the time I get around to painting, there is so much smudge and so many lines I forget what is what!
Beginning the darkest parts of the coat:
Finishing up the head:
This was commissioned by a friend getting married as a wedding gift for her husband in November: 11x14 acrylic on stretched canvas. I love dogs on the beach! First the photo:
Then the painting:
Next is a pair of paintings commissioned by my aunt as a gift for my uncle- love them! One is of second battalion, one is of the chapel. Both are 11x14 acrylic on stretched canvas (the most popular size right now).
I began by painting the background blue before I did the drawings.
Closer views of each painting:
Sorry this one rotated itself in uploading!
And here is is finished:
A few paintings I was working on at once in the corner of the studio:
This is a 36x48 acrylic on stretched canvas painting, a Christmas gift for my maternal grandparents for their place at the beach! This is the photo I worked from:
This is actually more coral/less red. Nana has pillows this color in her living room, where I knew the painting would hang. I did the drawing on top of the wash. THIS was a stretch, because the photograph is predominantly cool colors. I really wasn't sure it would work.
Background water wash:
blocking in the heron:
Some feather detail:
Adding marsh and mud:
working some corals into the heron:
Finishing the head and working some coral into the background:
A zoomed-in view:
Special thanks to my Dad for holding the painting so I could photograph it outside:
A 36x36 acrylic on stretched canvas painting- more blue herons. These were a Christmas gift for my parents! I didn't document the early progress, but it was very similar to the one above. This is where it was before the finishing touches:
Closer view of the herons:
The full painting finished:
Next is a 36x48 acrylic on stretched canvas- a Christmas gift for my paternal grandparents. I began with a brown wash, no drawing.
Blocking in the composition and the shape of the marsh by painting in the sky and most of the water.
the pluff mud:
the base layer of marsh grass:
lightening up and adding some trees in the distance:
darkening the water in the foreground:
I thought I took a better final picture of this last one- next time I go to Dillon I will, and will post!
Thanks for hanging in there with the really long post! I have 2 commissions to get going on in 2013, but hoping at some point to get caught up with them and maybe develop a body of work that isn't 100% commission driven. THAT'S my new years resolution! Thanks for reading!