I just haven’t had much time for photographing and blogging it. I painted this little robin Monday. It’s 6″x6″ acrylics on gessoboard. It’s the first time I’ve used the gessoboardt. I missed the texture of the weave and the bounce bounce of stretched canvas. I found the acrylic tried to lift as it reached a certain tackiness and I continued to paint, and I’ve never had that happen on canvas. I had to give it some drying time before I could continue.
I also finished this watercolor vignette. I’m not very pleased with it and I’m just not enjoying the watercolor much, lately. I think I need a change of subject. Something loose and washy and colorful, maybe.
And this is the last portrait I did in my Diary of Faces. It’s been done a while but I couldn’t get time to upload it here. The original was by Irish artist Major Sir William Newenham Montague Orpen, 1878 – 1931. I painted a cropped version of his Portrait of Gertrude Sanford. Gertrude was an American socialite who served as a spy during World War II. She was also a noted explorer, big-game hunter, environmentalist, and owner of Medway plantation in South Carolina. I hope to make it to Paint Party Friday this week!
I’ve got about 5 minutes to post this before my ride gets here! This is my version of American artist Marie Haughton Spaeth’s White Birch (Janet), 1923. Hers was oils, mine is acrylic because I was in a hurry! I’m calling my version Among the Birches. I did this for American artist week in my Diary of Faces group, but I decided to do it on a canvas instead of my book. It’s 16″x20″. Linking to my buds at Paint Party Friday! Gotta run!
Happy Paint Party Friday, everyone! Here is my Girl in a Striped Scarf after Australian artist George James Coates (1869-1930). I had the hardest time with the mouth on this one. It’s at an angle and I kept losing that as I painted it. And it kept gettng bigger and bigger until I finally had to paint white over the mouth and start it again. I love the stripes!
This is a charcoal portrait I did this week after one done in chalks by English artist Edward Robert Hughes (1851–1914). Sorry to post and run but I could only steal a minute or two. I’ll be back tomorrow to see what everyone else has been up to for Sunday Sketches.
Oops, I almost forgot to post for Paint Party Friday! I hope it’s not too late. I didn’t get to play along last week because we had no electricity, phones, cell service or even decent daylight for 4 days, due to Hurricane Isaac. Which apparently wasn’t a hurricane after all but still caused some major flooding around here. Our home came through safely, though. I couldn’t paint because it was so dark. It was soooo boring! But I shouldn’t complain because we came through this one with no damage at all. I spent Saturday painting. This is my version of Lady with a Red Hat – Portrait of Vita Sackville-West by Bristish/Scottish artist William Strang (1859-1921). It was good to paint with these bright colors after such a dismal week. It really brightened my spirits. Hope you like it!
I did 2 new portraits in my Diary of Faces this week.The first is my version of Swiss artist Ferdinand Hodler’s (1853 – 1918) An Italian Woman. I loved the colors in this one.
Then I tried a cropped version of South African artist Irma Stern’s Portrait of a Girl Eating Grapes, 1933. This one really needs a little more work but I’m out of painting time for the week so she got signed anyway. I’m really loving working in my Diary of Faces. The pages are sticking a bit so I’ve ordered some Dorland’s wax to see if that will help. I tried a spray on matte finish varnish but it didn’t seem to help much.
Sharing with the Paint Party Friday gang tomorrow. 🙂