Sunday, May 27, 2012

Happy Memorial Day

I hope you have arrived at your destination by now, or if you are like me, you're hunkered down at home, enjoying your holiday without the travel involved!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The Veranda - Five

New face for the cheetah! New perspective for the chair! I altered the perspective slightly on the veranda fence and I added a second layer of flesh color to our serene model who is busy checking her email. I think it might be a nice touch to add a cup of tea somewhere. Also, in keeping within the context of Persian painting, this painting has lots of room for ornamentation - the pants, the turban, the fence, the cushion - all are calling out for decoration of some type.

Friday, May 11, 2012

The Veranda - Four

new sketch
new sketch overlaid
face lift!
I decided I wanted the cheetah to have a more stylized face since I think he looks too much like a house cat. I think the new face is better - now he needs his spots! I'm not quite ready to finish him up, first I need to face the grim and taxing chore of adjusting the perspective of the veranda and the woman's chair. This is where the "pain" in painting comes into play. Once I get past that, the rest will be pure fun.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

The Veranda - Three

After I finished blocking in the color for the veranda floor, I realized it was the same color that I will be using for the cheetah. Hmmmm. That will never do. So I overpainted it with white so that the cheetah will be easier to paint. I got rid of the pot belly on the cheetah, wish it were that easy to do in real life. Still gotta fix that face. Not only the cheetah's face needs altering, now the odd perspective which works in the Persian paintings is really not working here. No doubt because I did not use the same perspective on the homes in hills.

So I need to make a decision, since I want consistency. Either I change the Western style perspective of the homes and "flatten" them out so that it becomes more like a Persian miniatures painting style, or I change the perspective of the veranda and the woman's chair to a more Western style of perspective. I decide to compromise. I like the homes as they are, and I don't want to change them. On the other hand, I still want to infuse the painting with a sense of the past, so even though I will be doing lots of corrections in the foreground, I'm going to have to figure out how to retain the air of a Persian miniature painting. Maybe I can't do it. Maybe this little challenge is just not possible. But I'll try it out. Sometimes the best results come from mistakes and unplanned detours!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

The Veranda - Two

The dark green hills have been lightened to a lime green and additional coloring added to the lower part of the painting. I thought blue would be a nice undercoat of color for the giant bush/tree on the right side. It was a spontaneous decision, and now I kinda like it as is, it reminds me of a lilac bush. But I'll come back to that later, I'd like to map in the other areas with color first, just to see how it all works together.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

The Veranda - One

the study
the sketch
Now we are off and running. I've sketched the image onto a 40" x 30" hardwood panel and begun the addition of some background color. I like working on a wooden panel as opposed to canvas because I can do fluid line work and intricate details much easier, and since I'm working in acrylics, this too is a consideration. I already see where I will have to make corrections. The cheetah's face is just not right. But we shall get to that when we get to that!