Monday, March 15, 2010

New Portrait Started and Gallery Showing

untitled watercolor 10 x 14

     Here is the new portrait I've been working on. It's still pretty light and I've spent most of my time on his eyes so far. I just can't get too involved in a portrait if I don't have the eyes in pretty quick. I need to know I've got it. I'm thinking about leaving the background white for this one. I think it might make a nice change. We'll see, I can be pretty undecisive at this stage :)
     I wanted to paint this image because of the lighting of course, and I love that far away, focused on something else gaze he has. I usually prefer portraits that aren't head on looking at you. But sometimes that really works and makes a powerful painting. I'm excited about this one so far, I want to just get it finished right now! Have I mentioned how I'm not all that patient?
     I also forgot to mention that I have paintings in a few galleries right now, so if you're in Utah and feel like taking in some art stop by and see them :)
  • The Eccles Art Center, Ogden
  • Michael Berry Gallery, Salt Lake City
  • Sandy Watercolor Guild, Sandy
     And I got a prospectus in the mail today from the Springville Museum of Art, it's probably the most prestigious art museum in Utah (at least to me :)) and I've entered their shows twice but so far have not made it in (last time they had over 1,000 entries!). But since I'm a glutton for punishment I'm going to enter again this year, and hope that it will be my lucky year, now I've got to think of something spectacular to paint. . . This could be fun.
     So, I leave you with a few questions blogger buddies what do you think about white backgrounds? And have any great ideas for a title to this piece? I think it'd be a lot of fun to hear some suggestions :)


  1. it is great! I totally love the eyes!! Good luck for the showing! It really depends on what the picture turns out to be... sometimes a white background is just what the doctor ordered lol.

  2. Beautiful start! I always do the eyes first too. It's the most important part of the face; window to the soul, or something like that.

  3. I'm glad you found my blog, because now I found yours and enjoyed looking through it. You are very talented.

    White backgrounds are nice sometimes. They can really make the subject pop. The only name that popped into my mind was "Baby Blues"

  4. Kimberly, thanks so much :) Glad you liked the eyes, me too :) And yeah I guess we'll have to wait and see about that background, but thanks for your thoughts!

    Elizabeth, thanks for the compliment :) I debated about actually posting it today or waiting until it was a little further along. But I kind of liked it now. Yeah, gotta do the eyes first, windows and all that :)

    Michelle, thanks for stopping by! And for your kind words :) You are very talented too. And I really love that title, good idea!

  5. Oh I love this one. You have captured him perfectly. I just want to kiss those cheeks. Cutest baby ever!!!

  6. Crystal, first thank you for visiting my blog. I am enthralled with your fine work and I will be back to see what happens next with this portrait. Good luck with your entry(ies) to the musuem show.

  7. I think white backgrounds can look great. I'm no artist, but it's usually what I select when taking my boys in for professional photographs. I think it makes the subject really pop. Good luck!

  8. Jenny Lee, thanks! Cutest baby ever for sure!! Those cheeks are definetly kissable :)

    Ann, you're welcome! I really enjoyed your blog, and will be back for sure :) And thanks for your kind words about my work. Thanks for the luck took, I need it :)

  9. Hey Anissa! glad you stopped by! And I think you're right about the white background, I'm leaning that way right now. Thanks for the luck too :)


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