I just added some of my political paintings to CafePress. Now and then people ask me about making posters so I am trying out this site to see how it goes. I think CafePress is the perfect place for this because they have so many products – tote bags, framed prints, mugs and t-shirts.
This painting was so fun to make. It is a period piece based on a photograph of a young couple on their wedding day in probably the 1920s. I loved their clothes but their expressions grabbed me and I knew I had to paint it. I was very nervous that I would not capture the sweet looks on their faces but I am happy with the result. The painting is 20″ x 30″ oil on canvas.
The color palette is a little limited but I did that so that all of the turquoise would stand out. I used more color on their faces and left their clothes mostly black and white. I had originally thought of making it a much larger painting but decided that this size would be best so the composition didn’t get away from me. I like this size because both of them are full size but it feels intimate as if we are seeing them look at each other when nobody else is around.
This is how the painting started. I don’t think I changed any of the original composition after I drew it. I just added color and then I was done.
My painting, “The Talk”, will be in the student show later this month at the Art League in Alexandria, VA. It is 8″ x 10″ oil on canvas panel. The couple are talking and sitting at a table in a bar or restaurant. I decided to blend the couple into the background around them but it is still clear that there are two people in the painting. My palette is limited here – mostly yellows and red browns with a little blue and white.
The reception for the show will be on Sunday, March 3 and that is the last day of the show.
I started this selfie and it just wasn’t right and I was going to paint over it and do something completely different.When I started covering it up and adding a design that I saw in a photograph, I liked the effect so I decided to merge the design into the face because the design was circular. I need to do more work to finish the painting but it is so much more interesting now. Yay for experimentation!
I just started a new painting about couples and love – about 20 x 30 in oil. After months of procrastinating about composition and what size the painting should be, I just jumped in. So far so good. I like my drawing and I think the size is perfect and I am ready for the adventure of capturing the sweetness of the pjotograph that inspired me. The picture is in black and white but I am not going to make my painting with just two colors. There is so much hope in their faces and I need to use color to help me get the point across.