Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Portrait Marathon: Updates

Yesterday was all about organizing sign-ups, collecting pictures, responding to questions, and prepping canvasses.  This morning, I got down to the fun business of actually painting.  Cara-Lea's Show is first up.

He's in the Blue Phase right now.  That's where I do an underpainting in shades of blue, that looks kind of like a black-and-white photo, but blue, instead.  It gets the shadows set, and cool, allowing the translucent layers that go on top to be warmer, and mimics the way light passes through, or reflects of objects in real life.  This is what Show looks like, at the moment.
I always kind of like this phase.  Sometimes I don't want to do anything more to it!  When I showed H this morning, he said, "Yeah, just put a coat of gloss on it, and call it done."  I suggested I could do a whole series; my Blue Period.  (We just saw a Picasso exhibit last week.)  The last time I did a portrait marathon, I actually kept Robin's Treasure in that phase, and started over to make one for Robin!

I can see I need to put more deep shadow around the closer eye, and deepen the shadows along the near side of the muzzle as well.  Doesn't do to be timid!

Okay, back to work!


  1. It really is gorgeous in all the shades of blue... I totally see why you would want to do a blue phase.. and why the hubby suggested just glossing it and calling it done.

  2. Soooo gorgeous! I love the close-up of the eye, such detail. I feel so lucky & excited to be getting a portrait done in this marathon, Woo-Hoo!!! I can barely wait to see Xan's creation of my old boy Hamilton!!!

  3. I didn't really want to be anonymous, I can't figure out how to get it to say my name! I guess I need a google account??? Or something!

  4. Hi Christine! You can use a few different sign-up identities, or just your name to comment. No biggie. Thanks for the compliment, and I love the new photo you sent me! :D


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