Last Sunday, Jesse and Lindz put on a baby shower for one of their friends, and I haalped. We got up early Sunday morning to decorate and prepare food before church. It was a wonderful shower with lots of people and gifts for the new parents. We can throw a good party.
(mentioned here). Barb used what is called Rembrandt lighting in her photos - notice the triangle of light on the dark side of the face. We wanted to try this lighting in our portrait painting and work on getting skin color/tone. It was difficult. I love doing portraits, but usually when doing portraits, I work in pastels. Watercolor portraits do not seem to be my cup of tea. Although I won third place with this portrait of GBN1 in an art show several years ago.
So, Barb and I have done a couple of sessions on painting Emily. We re-watched my Janet Rogers video. You may remember that I took a workshop with Janet several years ago. We tried painting like Janet to no avail. So we watched another video by some other artist.
Here are my two attempts. I traced these rather than drawing free-hand, because I was more interested in the color and paints and did not want to spend lots of time on a drawing. Then Barb said one of her teachers suggested doing a pencil sketch before any painting - to get the values right. Here is my pencil sketch along with the photo - not exactly great, but it had purpose. It is amazing how when I post these paintings, I can see the flaws. I will work on the sketch more.
We tried another painting yesterday that I won't post. It looked like we had been drinking - maybe we should drink before we attempt this portrait again - maybe it would loosen us up. I took several photos of my work this morning and wanted to include this one. Notice that I was standing in a chair looking down on the table and included my foot. Heh.