20 February 2013
Painting Progress This Week. . .
Where we stand currently with the Eureka Musicians, Greyhounds, and so forth.
Snatching a few minutes here and there, wherever possible, this week for painting. And I even just played hooky from reading and grading student papers last night to paint for about 90 minutes, which was a very pleasant change of pace. Two of my three courses are "writing intensive" this term, so there is another stack of papers to read, comment on, and grade every time I turn around.
Anyway, you can see where things stand as of last night in the photo above. So far, so good though I wish the facial expressions of the musicians were not quite so exaggerated and "pulpy." But otherwise, nice figures that are a real change of pace. Just what I needed. Painting so far has been with very thin oil washes on the larger areas and very thin acrylic washes for the smaller details, to keep everything translucent and permit the white undercoat to play a role in the overall look of the figures. The wigs were done, however, with a thin coat of tan and then heavy dry-brushing until things looked about right. Hard to keep the white off the shoulders of the crimson jackets!
Next up, the remaining instruments, bows, and wooden parts of the chairs. If the mood strikes, me I might have a go at adding crimson stripes to the light blue upholstery. We'll see.