Lots of artists painting faces/portraits - Jerry Points recently painted John Lennon, Carol Marine is painting silly faces, and Stuart Ball just painted Steve Jobs. So here's my face painting of a not so famous young man - at least he's not famous yet! Guess who?
I continue to paint the wetlands around Lake Tippecanoe even though I find these paintings to be challenging. The photographs are dominated by greens, even the water appears greenish in midwestern lakes, so I try to push the colors. I painted this at night and used artificial lights to brighten my workspace. As this painting progressed, it appeared lighter than I wanted so I kept darkening the colors. However, when the artificial lights were turned off, the painting looked more like dusk than midday. Any suggestions for lighting a workspace?
This painting is my entry in the Every Mother Counts Challenge. All proceeds from the sale will be donated to the aid organization Every Mother Counts.
The need: Every 90 seconds, a women dies from childbirth. Fully 90% of those deaths are preventable. Every Mother Counts
is training midwives in Afghanistan, opening health clinics in the
Democratic Republic of Congo and shipping unused medical supplies to
South Sudan. These are tangible, practical projects designed to combat maternal mortality and injuries worldwide.
I tried to grow a smaller variety of sunflower this summer. Unfortunately, I planted them next to some ornamental grasses that grew to 5 feet tall throwing deep shadows over the sunflowers. I guess sunflowers really do need lots of sun!
I took my camera to downtown Carmel, Indiana and photographed some of our favorite places in the Carmel Arts and Design District. It took me longer to paint this one than usual . . . I caught myself putting in every single detail instead of keeping it 'loose', or at least somewhat loose. Consequently, I had to remove details to get this painting where I wanted it to be. Now I'm happy.