Work in Progress – Hairy Neighbour – Part 1

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At last, I was finally able to start painting again!

Here is the evolution, so far, of my new piece “Hairy Neighbour” (title subject to change, haha).

For now, I’ve worked two days on it. I started by transferring my sketch with pastel pencil on my toned canvas.

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The first day was to work on the background. This is the first time that I use an airbrush to do a background (or to paint anything, really). So, there is a learning curve to it, but it seems to have worked for this piece. I had to do several layers and pretty much started over a few times before I got to an acceptable background. I will most likely be painting a bit on it to give it more texture.. I’ll see once the raccoon is completed.

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The next step, were the eyes. I like to start with the eyes first. This way, I know if I’m on the right track or not.

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2016-09-12-14-38-542016-09-12-15-26-46My next step was to start blocking the different tones on the head, very roughly. Everything will be refined, but I needed to start with a base. A lot will change. I started to detail the ears and also blocked in the tree.

I will put the raccoon’s body in front of the bottom right branch, to give it more presence (it looks too small like that). I will probably rework the tree branches with a palette knife and, after the raccoon and tree are done, I will retouch the background if needed.

Hope to put the finished piece soon! I’ve also got to work on the title…

À bientôt!

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New work in progress – Part 2

Progression.. It’s coming along! I don’t have as much time as I thought and, as usual, this is taking longer than I though.

12″ x 24″, acrylics, title still in the works (I’m hesitating between two!)

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My first step was to block in the background. The dreaded background..! And the trunk, placement of blossoms and grass.
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I quickly realized that the background was too distracting and removed lots of the green, to make it more like a fuzzy cherry tree in bloom in the distance.

 

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At this stage, I needed to tone down the saturation of the background, as well as the tone. I also moved some blossoms more to the left, to let the scene breath better. I also worked on the tree trunk texture and started to block in the first crow.

 

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Just worked mostly on the crow, blocking in some forms and tones and molding the feet.

 

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Today I worked on refining the crow’s plumage and elongating the toes on the right paw (one toe was way too short). Adjusted the lighting on the bird and a bit on the tree. Glazed some colors on the tree. Worked on edges.

That’s it for now! Hopefully I’ll get to work on the other crows tomorrow, then the grass, work more on the tree and start on the blossoms. Retouch the lighting and I’ll be done!

New work in progress

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New work in progress – Trio of crows, 12″ x 24″ – title also in progress

I started to work on a new piece with crows and cherry blossoms. It’s a very Victoria subject!

This will be part of several paintings that will form one cohesive mosaic tetraptych. We’ll see how it goes. I’ll start with this one and hopefully the others will follow.

I’m hoping to get started on the paining tomorrow and, knock on wood, hopefully be done by Sunday. Yeah, I probably just jinxed myself by saying that. Ha!

À bientôt!

Work in progress – Ross

Work in Progress – Ross (title in progress too!), Acrylics, 8″ x 8″

So much for trying to paint at least once a week! It’s been a busy time. Well, at least I got a new portrait started. It’s my husband Ross’ portrait. I really enjoyed the content, happy look that he had on that picture. I added his favorite hat (with very basic photoshop) and will put him under trees that will leave him speckled with light.

Hopefully I will get a chance to finish it tomorrow. I have some adjustments to the proportions of the face to make and, as usual, work on the dreaded background..!

À bientôt!

Work in Progress – Lua

IMG_20160128_150229bWork in Progress – Lua – 10″ x 10″, Acrylics

I’m finally back from my trip to Calgary and I am ready to dive into painting again!

I started this piece yesterday. It’s a portrait of a brindled French bulldog named Lua. She’s a lovely, very friendly and energetic little dog.

Unfortunately, I cannot finish it today (appointments!) but I will work on it tomorrow and hopefully have it finished by the end of the day.

I have to work on the nose a lot more and I will readjust the background. She is quite a dark dog, so I thought the lighter fabric background would work well and let her stand out.

To be continued…!

Work in Progress – Peacock part 3

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I finally finished the tail. It took much longer than expected, but I can see the end of the painting getting closer. Hopefully one more session (or two)!

To be continued…

Work in Progress – Peacock part 2

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Well, this is going much slower than I thought. Although, to be fair, I have not had much time to work on it. But, it’s coming along! I still need to finish the background with all the feathers before attacking the bird’s body. Some washes will bring those back feathers to life in my next step!

I really don’t like the in-between stage for all my paintings, it always looks like it’s not going anywhere.. until the haha moment! I’m looking forward to the haha moment stage 🙂 I’m also not too crazy about the interaction between my teal underpainting and the terracotta inside the feathers. Still missing the dark spot in the eye feathers too. That will make a difference once these are in and the blue of the bird is painted.

Hopefully the next post will be of a finished painting! Stay tuned.

À bientôt!

Work in Progress – Peacock

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This is what I was finally able to start working on today. I decided to break away from the small canvases and go for a medium-ish size, 16″ x 20″. Quite different than working on a 4″ x 6″!

Hopefully I will get a chance to work more on it this weekend, otherwise, Monday.

I’m still plotting my moves..! To be continued…

Work in Progress – Water

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Tropical water (work in progress, part 1), acrylics, 8″ x 10″

I’ve been working on water today, mostly with blending. I didn’t have much time to paint (again, argh!) due to some obligations, so I thought I’d give a go at working on my water skills. Right now, this is the ocean bottom of a tropical water scene, with a few small reefs. I will work on completing it tomorrow, with reflections and refractions. Blending is not that easy with acrylics when you don’t have a retarding medium, but I think it’s getting there. I wanted the gradation to be a smooth transition, but not so smooth as to not show any brush strokes.

Part 2 tomorrow!