Sunday, November 18, 2012

Kashmiri Baby

oil on board

I wanted to keep this painting loose and have a more spontaneous approach than I'd had with the last one. I had to restrain myself from adding the kinds of delicate details that I love, but that can kill the spirit in a painting. I'm pretty happy with the way this one turned out, because I think I kept the plaintive expression of this baby- a baby beyond cuteness, from far away in Kashmir.

Thanks to Steve Evans again- this is the seventh in a series of portraits based on his world portrait photography. 

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Some Pig

oil on board

In Charlotte's Web, "SOME PIG" are the words that Charlotte weaves into her web, trying to persuade the farmer to not slaughter Wilbur.

This painting took a bit more time than I'd planned. I made everything too dark and then had to lighten it all up. Plus I kept getting sidetracked by the pig's wonderful whiskers- if I painted them too obviously, this sweet pig started to look not unlike a rat. Sort of like moles on a person's face- if you paint them, they will dominate!

Thanks again to Steve Evans for the use of his photo, "Iowa Pig". Yes, he takes photos of animals too!

Almost forgot- Nerdwallet featured my Obama portrait in their Best of Indie Spotlight: Election 2012 Obama and Romney