Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Monday, January 28, 2013
Sunday, January 27, 2013
|Stage 4: Painting the arms and hands. Since I did not do a small color study first, I am curious to see how her skins tones will look once I paint in the background. In session 5, I will concentrate on her hair and headband.|
Saturday, January 26, 2013
|Stage 3: Painting the face.|
My inspiration for painting images of Northern England has not left me yet. This image of Elena in the Valley Gardens of Harrogate has been on my mind for at least a year now. Throughout the past year of painting landscapes and lambs of North Yorkshire the desire to paint this portrait has stayed with me and was growing stronger. Suddenly, I knew it was time.
The Valley Gardens are peaceful and beautiful year round. Adding Elena to the setting was ideal.
|Stage 2: Blocking in the shapes with color.|
|Stage 1: With a loose wash of paint thinned with mineral spirits I painted her figure and shape of the fence.|
Monday, January 14, 2013
Stage 4: I brushed in the body focusing on shape, color and values. After that I went in with a palette knife to give it a nice thick texture.
|Stage 3: I painted in the background with a palette knife.|
|Stage 2: The face. I used a filbert brush as well as a palette knife.|
Stage 1: I painted the composition with a wash of mineral spirits and Burnt Umber on a canvas that I tinted with a thin layer of Ultramarine Blue and Burnt Umber, mixed.
Sunday, January 6, 2013
This view from Guise Cliff was stunning. The air was fresh and cool. Occasionally a gentle breeze would pass through and rustle the grasses as I looked down upon the colorful valley. As far as I could see there were farm houses, villages, reservoirs, large and small estates, the peaceful River Nidd and fields with sheep and cattle grazing. England never looked more beautiful to me.
This painting was fun but a challenge. Using only palette knives, I constantly underestimated the amount of paint I needed so I was always squeezing out more and more paint; it rarely seemed like it was ever enough.
36x48", oil on canvas
Rita Salazar Dickerson
|Stage 6: Painting the foreground.|
|The final painting with the 8x10" color study.|