Thursday, October 8, 2009

Painting Again

Oh, I couldn't wait to get my hands on a paintbrush again! I was so excited that I woke up at 4 this morning. Last night I started drawing this on the canvas and today it took me about two more hours to get the face right because it's at a strange angle. The model is my sister Ellen. One night she was sitting here talking to me and I liked the light so much I made her do all kinds of things and I took pictures while she tried not to laugh. But the pictures turned out well and I knew they'd make good paintings if I could pull it off. I have a vision in my head and I just hope it will end up somewhere near that. Now that everything is blocked in, tomorrow I'll concentrate on the face and hands, the hardest, hardest parts. I'm trying to use the biggest brush possible for each section.

When I made plans on my big calendar ( I'm going to call it 'my life on the wall') this whole week was devoted to the miniatures, but I think they are ok like they are. So I put them together, put a coat of medium on, and they're done. Now I can paint all week and be ahead of myself. Actually, there a several things I can do with the extra on the twins' portraits, practice using my Wacom tablet and Photoshop Elements, watch the five art videos I have but have never seen, or experiment with polymer clay. I couldn't ask for a more wonderful problem! This must be heaven; to have the time, supplies and space to make art for the rest of your life whenever you want to.

These are the finished miniatures. They are on gallery wrap canvas and the portrait is raised from the surface. I'm going to write an explanation of what they are about, I remember I posted that a while ago.


Manon Doyle said...

I can't wait to see your sister finished! I love where you're going with it!!
Heaven is ..... making art everyday!!

David Larson Evans said...

Being excited about your art is so one has achieved real greatness without that essential element.

Sheila said...

Yay! Like Manon, I can hardly wait to see the finished portrait. I love the miniatures!

Leslie Hawes said... the miniatures!

Nicki said...

Hi Deborah,

I am excited for you! You sound so happy in this post! I too am looking forward to seeing the end result of this portrait. And the freedom to create art all day every day if you so choose is a very dreamy place to be!

Take care,

Uta said...

Bliss, its sheer bliss to be able to make art everyday. Your sister's portrait is looking good. I think you will have no trouble with this portrait. Your 'life on the wall' is such a good idea. My life is on the calender behind the kitchen door. It keeps my mind free to be able to dream up new art projects hehehe

C Hummel Kornell a/k/a C Hummel Wilson said...

Lovely! I'm so excited to see the finished product. Isn't it great that our artistic spirit finds no constraints of time? Late night and early mornings seem always to be the most creative of times for me.

delphine cossais said...

Hello Deborah!
Very intersting your work!
I'm happy to discover you and your paintings..I will come back and i'm going to make a link on my blog!

Blue Sky Dreaming said...

Oh My a calendar marked off with studio time...I so know that excitement and anticipation! Great days ahead for you...your beginning portrait is alive with potential! I have a studio day today and am in high spirits too!

Tatieva said...

Oh, c'est un trés beau travail du portrait ! La lumière est superbe, je suis épatée !
J'aime beaucoup le travail en devenir...
Kisses from France,

Dean Grey said...


Congrats on painting again!

The newest portrait looks like it's off to a great start.

I love the brown background. Very lively with a lot of texture to it!