Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Greyhounds Galore

Thank you! 
You guys (blog and Facebook followers) are fantastic. You shared photos of your own greyhound, photos of stranger's greyhounds, names of friends that have greyhounds, greyhound rescue groups, photo reference sites, links, entire photo albums, and sent me invitations to join private photo reference groups. The hard part was choosing which photo to paint from for this years Retired from Racing, not from Life art book. Networking rocks!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Drawing Each Other

18 x 24"
line drawing with graphite
 
In the Advanced Drawing class I am taking at Wright State University, I've been engaged in a trade off with one of my classmates. We parked our easels and drawing boards right next to one another so she could draw me while I was drawing her. At times, it is hard to remember to keep my head still for her. It can be challenging to draw her while her eyes are shifting around her own drawing and then back to me as she confirms measurements. We do hold completely still for each other at least once a class period. That is the only way I can come close to drawing her eyes accuratly. But it has been nice standing so close to my model and more enjoyable than looking in a mirror for hours to do a self portrait. This is one of three drawings that I have completed of Bethany. The other two are below. I enjoyed her three different hair styles and clothing options.

18 x 24"
graphite

18 x 24"
graphite
I have no explanation for why this one photographed differently than the other two. I photographed all three of them in the same place, one right after the other.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Greyhound Needed

 Sweethound

Ava

Help, I need a good reference photo of a greyhound to submit to this year's Retired from Racing, not from Life art book fundraiser. I just noticed that entries are due by Oct 31st. So, no pressure! The two paintings above were my entries in 2012 and 2013. If you have a photo that you think would make a good painting, email it to me at patti.vincent@hotmail.com or click here to post it to my Facebook page. Thank you so much and just think, it might get published!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Self Portrait Take 2

6 x 6"
oil on panel
That's me. I have reworked this painting more times than I would like to admit. It was really hard. Hard to look at and hard to solve. Logistically speaking, staring in the mirror and at the canvas at the same time is difficult. Assessing measurements in the mirror is a lot of fun. I am sure that some errors is measurement, value, and color may still exist but I am laying this one to rest. All that complaining aside, I will continue to paint self portraits as learning tools. We learn the most from our toughest subjects. To all of my relatives out there, relax, you won't find these under the Christmas tree. I promise.

Friday, October 3, 2014

September's Available Paintings

I may have found time to paint 30 paintings in September but there was no way that I could get them all priced and linked to my website. Turns out, due to a competition I entered last week, Art 2 Buy at DVAC, and my critique at school, I only had four paintings that needed pricing. I've listed those below with links to purchase. Thank you for all the wonderful comments you left during this challenge. I hope to hear from you often!

 August Barn

Homestead

To the Lake

Brunch

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Challenge Met

That was a tough month! I could not of accomplished it without painting ahead. I knew that having BFA classes on Tuesdays from 8:20am until 9:30pm would mean no painting could be accomplished on Tuesday. Trust me, I am beat when I get home from school on Tuesdays! My favorite part of these challenges is the chance to watch all the other artists and to learn from them. Artist Nancy Murphree Davis shared her favorite website for creating photo collages, like the one pictured above, www.collage.com. I tried it and was done in less than 10 minutes. It was way easier than Pic Monkey or iPiccy. Way, way easier!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

30/30 Self Portrait to End the Challenge

 6 x 6"
oil on panel
 Thank you Leslie Saeta for hosting a 30 in 30 painting challenge. This challenge really kept me motivated to paint. I love painting but working on my BFA can make getting in the studio a challenge. A girl has to maintain her GPA! Right?

Self portrait set up
 I purchased a 12 x 12" mirror tile from Lowes and then taped a sturdy piece of cardboard to the back of the mirror for added durability. For a face forward self portrait, I attached the mirror to my easel with a clamp on the upper right hand corner of the mirror. The lower left corner of the mirror rests on the easel's left support bar. For a three quarter view portrait, I set the mirror on my still life stand to the left of the easel. Either way, I find it very challenging to mix appropriate colors and values. I need to make this a weekly habit. Bare with me, please!
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