Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Underpainting Stage

Above: Actual piece

Below: photoshop ideas

Hi everyone,

Thanks so much for all of the feedback on this piece last week. Debbie glad you spotted my perspective "ooops" in the corner there. I will be adjusting that thanks though! Shouldn't be a big hassle at this stage. The top version is what it actually looks like right now. I've started my underpainting and will of course be adding layers of color when I'm done with this part of it. The witch will have salt and pepper scraggly hair. Hopefully my glazes will let most of the underpainting values show through. My question to you is this; Does the bottom piece seem good in terms of "lighting"? This bottom version is the effect I'm aiming for but haven't actually painted yet on the canvas, it's just the piece manipulated using photoshop. I find it's a great tool to use to see what something might look like before mistakes are made. I've darkened the background and tried to keep the focus on her and the lit up ball. Don't worry the little critters on the wall will all be highlighted but will be in shadow somewhat. Let me know your thoughts, your feedback is invaluable!

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Grant verdict coming soon

Hi ladies,

Love all of the beautiful artwork on here this week! Just fabulous stuff. Anyway, thought I'd let you know that I did last weeks crits and this weeks crits at the same time!! I know I'm a bit off these days but better late than never right? I think I said that last week too.
Ok, on another note I'll be finding out pretty soon whether I got the grant for the Stony Point lighthouse painting I'm going to be doing this spring for my local library. They said the end of October the latest so the verdict will be in before I know it. With the weeks flying by the way they have been I shouldn't get too much more anxious. Hope everyone has a good and productive week. Seems like you are all moving along at the speed of lightening. Good luck at those conferences ladies! Can't wait to hear all of the details.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Another teaching job

Hi everyone,

Just thought I'd let you know that things are going a bit better. I'm totally getting the hang of the college professor job. It's a wonderful college, very warm and inviting. So far so good. The students have been great thus far too. We will be doing the fresco project I posted here before next Monday. Should be a blast. It gives them and me a break from all the lectures.

I actually got another teaching job. It's just once a week for continuing ed at the local high school but I'm looking forward to it. No term papers to correct or quizzes to give so it should be totally relaxing. That makes three teaching jobs at the moment. When it rains it pours right. Too bad they are not all book deals right. I'm not complaining though I do love it all. Anyway, I want to thank you all for putting up with my absences again! You have all been so supportive! I do appreciate it. And I'm off to do my crits for the week, so you can check on your posts. Soooooooooooorry I'm so late!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!