Saturday, March 24, 2012

Cloudy Day

10"x8" acrylic on masonite

Last Sunday, my family and I went on a walk at Blackwell Forest Preserve. The weather was beautiful! It was in the 80's in March! I always try to bring along my camera for painting reference. These beautiful clouds were rolling in and I happened to get some good shots. This one had to be painted.

I have really been enjoying painting these landscapes. It is so much fun and peaceful, especially with classical music playing in the background. I am happy with the results of this painting. Maybe I will have to do a larger cloud painting in the future?

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Evening Glow

28"x22" acrylic on canvas
photo reference provided by SalsolaStock DA

I was in the mood for painting a landscape. Had a lot of fun painting this one and I learned some new techniques. Overall I am happy with it.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Lady with a hat

11"x14" acrylic on masonite
photo reference provided by Lisa aka Fairiegoodmother

detail of face

I really enjoyed this one. People are always a challenge to paint and get a good likeness. One of the disadvantages to acrylics is that the paint often dries a darker color than when it is was originally painted in. This makes the portrait process even more challenging. Through trial and error I have been learning to mix my colors with more accuracy.