Very tired tonight but I did finally start, and finish, 12 of 50 in our portrait a day 50th birthday celebration. Yeah.
Today's 50th Birthday Celebration portrait is a bit of an experiment. And I tried it with someone's photo that I knew would appreciate the effort even if it didn't turn out. Julie is just that way, where she would be happy I tried something different. I'm glad I did. It's very different than oils and it's a medium that I can do quickly using color. Oils aren't that way, at least not for me, yet. Plus, this puts off a lot of unrestrained energy, which Julie has. Hope it comes across well.
On the road most of the day today. Makes it hard to make art. That's when pencil saves the day. This week might see a lot of the basics of pencil drawing. And babies are always an easy draw for me so work especially well on days like. Here's today's 50th Birthday Celebration portrait - 10 of 50.
My Sam sent this in. My portrait 8 of 50. The 50th birthday celebration goes on. Upload an image on Shannon's Studio FB page and read this post to be considered.
Here's today's 50th Birthday Celebration. It's another couple. When doing two people it takes a little longer but I'm okay with that. We've gone through the first week (yah for us!) and I've done 7 paintings, with 11 faces, I think. So, technically, I'm above the 'quota' for a portrait a day because I am so going to count each face even it is in the same painting.
Here's yesterday's portrait a day 50th birthday celebration painting, posted this morning. You don't even want to know the kinds of hours I keep. A day means nothing to me. But, I try. I'll have to take another photo later, until then this one will have to suffice.
I did warn you that my days go long, right? Especially if I start a painting at 11:00 pm. This took me 2 1/2 hours. I can only do a monochromatic in that amount of time with little effort. If I use color it's not as quick for me. Here's number 5 of 50.
I just wanted to squeeze her cute, little sleeping face. Smiles in her sleep.
I've never done oil paints on watercolor paper. New thing for me.
Here's today's painting, 3 of 50. Love this moment.
Also including a photo by photo of the paintings progress just for fun.Upload an image on Shannon's Studio FB page and read this post to be considered.
Didn't think I should pull an all-nighter again so I started early. Though the night is still young so I reserve the right to change my mind. Here is today's portrait. Number 2 of 50. Does this count for 2 portraits?
I said I'd post a portrait everyday, except Sunday. Okay, I have to clarify something. What does a day mean? This is tricky. There's the calendar date that changes every midnight. But, for most of us the day starts when we get up and ends when we go to bed. And most people do that around a general time in the morning and at night. Except crazy artists. Well, at least this artist.
I too judge my day by the time I get up until I go to bed. I just don't go to bed at the normally accepted time. So, while you are thinking that this is Friday since you're waking up, I'm still on Thursday because I haven't gone to bed yet. Technically in my mind I am posting the painting on Thursday. Make sense?
I had appointments and meetings yesterday that took me away from home most of the day. Then I didn't actually get home until 10 and didn't start painting until midnight. I finished the first portrait at around 3. I'm thinking you shouldn't wait up to see the painting because some days will be like this for me. Well, quite a few days actually. I finally quit when I started to fall asleep with my paint brush in hand.
Honestly, there were 3 adorable photos that I wanted to paint. (I got a couple of emails that the blog or FB didn't see.) I don't know how I'm going to deal with wanting to paint so many. Anyway, here's the portrait I started with. It's terrible lighting and not straight so I'll put up another one when I can take a daylight photo. I'm going to end my Thursday and go to sleep now for a few hours. Hope you enjoy the painting.
7/13/12 Update: Painting in the morning and after a couple of paint touch ups
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