Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Whimsical carving WIP- Completed for now

I am calling this painting finished for now. I really agonized over the eye on the left...as you will see in the second image below:-) I wanted some shadow, but not too much.

I have not chosen a title yet; I intend to write to the stone masonry company that created this carving to see if they have a name for it.

As mentioned above, the eye on the left really caused me a lot of grief. I was not sure of the shadows to put it, even the color to use. As you can see below, I made several sketches of that eye to try out various color combinations.
The finished painting is about 17" X 17". I will bring it to my framer's tomorrow or Friday to see if he has time to frame it within a week; if not, I will probably crop it to 16" X 16" and put it on a gallery wood panel and varnish it. I want to put it in an upcoming show at the Foyer Gallery called " The Fantasy of Reality".
Let me know what you think.
I hope that the first month of 2012 has been a kind one for you.

16 comments:

  1. I love it, Christiane - such character! xx

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    1. Thank you so much, Pat. He is certainly different:-) He makes me smile, so that's good!

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  2. Smiling is good, Christiane!!! :-)
    I love the colour combination you have used here.
    Is it a limited number of colours?

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    1. Thank you, Tricia. I am glad that you like the colors. I used mostly cobalt, quin gold, quin burnt orange, quin magenta as well as a touch of purple and turquoise.

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  3. Nicely done Christiane, you did fine with the eye. I do like the colors that you used.

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    1. Thank you, Nora!I think it made sense to use basically the same colors for both eyes.

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  4. Amazing detail work that makes this so visually interesting - and I'm impressed with your ability to work out that problem before starting on the eye, knowing it was giving you fits - well done! This is going to be striking at this size, too - I hope you can keep it as large as you want.

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    1. Thank you, Rhonda, for the encouragement and support. It is very much appreciated! I saw the framer yesterday and he will will keep it around 17" square although my sketch was not quite square...some of the top left may disappear, but he will do his best to keep as much as possible. I'm lucky to have found such a helpful framer!

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  5. -like the different tones of the blues and the color contrast. the face of the carving really comes out from the dark.

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    1. Cora, I really appreciate your positive comment!

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  6. Wow! Very impressive. I like your colour choices.
    Have a great creative weekend,
    Nora

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  7. Hi, Nora! I am glad that you like my whimsical man. I wish you also a great weekend and happy painting!

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  8. Christine, I just found your blog and really enjoyed this post! The painting is wonderful and will no doubt be a winner in the upcoming show! Love your palette and that you shared your sketches for the eye!

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    1. Rosemary, welcome! I love your portraits! I am very pleased that you like this painting...

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  9. All of your hard work and various color sketches really paid off. The painting is just gorgeous!

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  10. Thank you so much for your support, Theresa. Your comments mean a lot to me!

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