Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Don't Give Up

Sometimes I have to remind myself of that when a piece is at this hideous stage. I knew I was going to have trouble with this color, and sure enough it is starting out with the wrong colors, wrong values, everything is wrong! How this Sushi looks right now reminds me of one of my very early attempts at painting when I was about 12 year old. I wish I had a photo of it, but the colors were almost exactly the same. Back then I did give up, and was so discouraged by my results that I didn't pick up painting models again for over 15 years. I didn't realize that I could continue painting and it would eventually look better. I thought everything had to look perfect right from the start lol! I'm glad I know better now ;-)
Here's a detail shot of the Rose Reiner that I'm working on. This is the 1st layer of roaning. I think I'm going to try something new with this one and incorporate some of the blanket in with the roaning and go back and forth with it.
Lots of chestnuts coming up. They always start out too orange. This guy is on his second layer.
This Mindy is going to be more of a toasty reddish-brown when she's done.
Nevada has another layer of oils. I really like the simple, clean shapes on this sculpture.
I've finally started on this Jezebel after customizing her tail and forelock. I'm planning on making her into a red chestnut. I haven't done a really red chestnut before and I think I'm going to have problems with that color.
That's all for this week! I think I'll be able to spray a couple of things that are almost finished and there might be a new face to see next week as well. Have a great one!


Erin Corbett said...

They are all lovely, Carol!

Jenn Scott said...

Hey! Little tip with the red chestnut. If you feel uncomfortable trying to change her color in oils, the color she's got on now will work perfectly. Just add a complete layer of dry brushed burnt sienna pigment (the pure dust form) until she's as red as you'd like. It's another soft layer that will deepen that golden undercoat.