Thursday, May 27, 2010

Some new works in progress.

The slow drying time on with oil paints has an unexpected boon. I've always had more ideas than time (and talent) to finish. With oil paints I often have to set a piece aside to let it dry for a day or two before adding the next layer- I have a ham handed approach to painting which would result in copious smears if I didn't let it set- and that gives me time to start working on my next piece. Then I can pick and choose whatever I'm motivated to work on at a particular time. I still have to buckle down and finish a project once started but it's a new way of doing time management which makes me very happy. And now on to my actual projects and shaky pictures:

This is a Victorian girl in a riding habit. Clothing is still difficult for me which is why I'm trying to take it slow adding various layers of shading to suggest cloth and fabric.

My attempt at a Jane Austen-esque miniature. With an octopus hat. Why? I think the question should be "why not an octopus hat?" Mostly rough coloring at this point, still have a lot of work to do with shading and highlighting.

The wasp woman. I'm happy with the face and skirt. Wasp, hair and hand are unfinished. Bodice needs a lot of tweaking.

I decided to list my Ingres-style painting from yesterday on Ebay. I've tried listing one thing there before without any luck but I figured I'd give it one more go before I wrote it off. Right now I feel like my listing is buried, not optimistic. Does anyone here use Ebay often? Any tips or tricks?

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Oil Painting

Believe it or not, I have not dropped off the face of the Earth. For the past month or 2 I have been trying to create a new doll, a ball jointed doll. Unfortunately casting and molding seems to be a weak point for me. After weeks pouring over plasters, silicone rubbers and resins I finally came up for air. I decided I had to create something that I could actually finish or I would go mad. Soothing oils seemed a natural transition from caustic chemicals so digging through my boxes I found a dusty, old set of oil paints I had never used. Being entirely unfamiliar with oil paints (my budget ran more towards acrylics) I started searching old paintings for proper skin tones and mixing. Using Ingres' smooth tones and shadings as my model I painted a small basswood plaque I had lying around and, to tell the truth, I love oils! Oh sure, some things about them are annoying. The drying time is an obvious hurdle for someone moving from acrylics and oil paints are not particularly inexpensive. But the (hmm searching for proper descriptors here) malleability of the medium is fantastic. Blending in blushes, highlights and shadows is heavenly. I'm still practicing the gorgeous, super-smooth skin found in some of my favorite pieces. See Ingres: Ingres #1 and Ingres #2

But I have to say that after months of disappointment, I have finished something I am happy with! And more than halfway done on my next!