So, when I paint a portrait, it literally consumes me. If I have to stop to make dinner, fold laundry or vacuum up the glass ornaments that the cats broke, I will walk by my studio and just look at the painting over and over again.....I can't WAIT to sit back down and finish it. Unfinished paintings drive me nuts!
When I finally do sit back down and "finish" the painting, I am SO excited about it that I immediately photograph it and post it....and it's usually LATE at night and then I go to bed.
The next day, when I look at the painting that the night BEFORE I thought was oh-so-done, it just needs a little bit more here...and a dab here....and I leave it. I come back later and boy, it really needs something here.....and there....and so it goes.
Then I have to re-photograph it and re-post it both to Facebook and my website. That's alright though, b/c sleeping on it really helps and even though the add-ons are minute, they do make a difference in the final product.
There was this ADORABLE pic on Facebook of some friends' baby that I wanted to try....here was the first "finished" pic:
And here was the final FINAL finished product with a few small changes....but they made a big improvement, don't you think?
In the end, I darkened the warm colors behind the baby, lifted more reflections in her eyes, slightly deepened her rosy cheeks and defined her lil' nose a bit more. All in all, this has been my best skin tone in a portrait yet, so I'm really happy with it.
I have a LOT more to learn, but one painting at time, eh?
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I'm a wife and mother of four kids. I homeschool, paint, run, and garden! I am always interested in digging truths out of Scripture. Here, you'll find my thoughts on art, adoption, gardening, mothering, homeschooling, books and whatever else is on my mind. Enjoy!
Creativity doesn't exist in a vacuum - like skepticism, it's a means, not an end. It cries out for a theme. To treat creativity as an end in itself is to assume godlike character for humans as though they could create ex nihilo. -J. Cheane