She Tucked Herself Away for Safekeeping No 2
oil portrait painting on 12×12 inch canvas
work in progress – first layer
This week I decided to recreate one of my portrait paintings from 2012ish. It’s a painting which sold long ago. Seeing the photo below made me feel a little nostalgic, and I wanted her back in my life once again. I’m obviously not trying to copy it exactly (although I might some day). For this one, I’m going for the basic features, and the mood, but I’m changing it up a bit.
She Tucked Herself Away For Safekeeping No 1
Prints are available in my Miz Katie shop
A good painting to me has always been like a friend. It keeps me company, comforts and inspires.
The first one I painted in acrylics, and for the past year or so, I’ve preferred working in oils whenever I paint a portrait. I like the slower drying time, and how easy it is to blend the oils when making skin tones. I was going to go with a darker background, but I’m loving the smokey gray, and will probably leave it as is.
I am filming the making of this portrait, so be sure to look for it soon on my YT channel. I hope to have this piece finished by next week, and will post updated photos when I’m finished. The video will come sometime in the future, whenever I get around to editing it.
Harold watching the squirrels out my studio window yesterday.
I can’t decide if he loves or hates the squirrels, but he sure does like to chatter at them.
In other news, we’re back to winter around here after enjoying temperatures in the 70s and 80s for the past week or two. I noticed this morning the buds on the trees are turning green, and leaves are starting to pop out. Spring is right around the corner.
Reading: 50 Ways to Use Your Unfinished Artwork
Watching: Minimalism: a documentary about important things – lots of 1 star negative reviews on this one, I noticed. The documentary didn’t offend me as much as it did others, but I get what the one star givers are saying. I didn’t love it or hate it, so I’d give it 3 stars. It’s worth watching if you like the concept of minimalism, but the guy who goes around hugging every stranger he meets does get a bit tedious. The point they were trying to drive home..people, including complete strangers, should be considered the “important things” in life, not things. Got it!