Thursday, April 4, 2013

Ambiguity in Red

'Ambiguity in Red' 
8 x 10 inches oil on gesso board


I think it's pretty clear that I have a thing for red/pink. I was at home by myself one day and the sun was in that perfect spot in my kitchen and I just so happened to be wearing a bright pink sweater. So naturally I sat in that spot of sun and took a picture of myself to paint. This is painted on purchased gesso board, not the masonite that I usually use and gesso myself. It was a challenge to get used to the super smooth surface at first. But I did find there was a lot more opportunity to use transparent colors with this surface, than the masonite, and I really loved that. The brightest areas are really thin glazes of oil color that I laid in at first as a block in but then decided to leave. 

Listening to: Writing Excuses podcasts (after a nearly two year block I finally feel like writing fiction again!)
Reading: The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Watching: The Colony
Snacking on: nothing :( In an attempt to run longer distances this summer I'm trying out an anti-inflammatory diet to see if it helps my knees, and apparently sugar is like totally bad for your health. Which means no cupcakes for me. :(((

16 comments:

  1. That was a n ice idea..you have painted yourself so beautifully.I don't think anybody would want to buy if I painted myself :D

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    1. Thanks Arti. :) It's nice to have a model always at the ready. ;) I'm sure lots of people would buy your painting of yourself! You are talented and beautiful!

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  2. Fun self portrait in red. What we have to give up for better health does put a fifty/fifty spin on 'quality of life.' No cupcakes for you (sugar). No potato chips for me (salt). Paintings our passions does help. Cupcakes on canvas are more interesting than chips.

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    1. Thanks Linda! Yes, it's a bummer. No salt is a super bummer too. I agree about cupcakes over chips on canvas. :)

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  3. Beautifully painted, Crystal! Love the red!!!

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  4. Wow your skill in oils is just as amazing as your water colors. Love this one!

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    1. That means a lot to me Diana, thank you!!

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  5. I LOVE this! I love the tones and highlights in your hair and the way the colour and light hits the face. I've never attempted a self portrait myself. This is stunning! I hope you're going to keep this one for your family :0)

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    1. Thanks Sandra! I really liked the light in the reference. :) I may keep it, we'll see. ;)

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  6. You have been great, loose strokes the righteous and well painted.
    Congrats.
    Greetings.

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  7. Lovely! Wishing you and yours a wonderful weekend.

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    1. Thanks Carol! :)) The same you you my friend. *hugs*

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  8. Wait. I guess I just saw this on FB. YOU'RE OFF CUPCAKES????!!! How are you?
    : )))

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