I am actually really pleased with this sketch. I used three different photos from a trip to the zoo, and none of them were really helpful. I did a bit of research for the eye...cobras actually have a round pupil, unlike a lot of other reptiles! I especially like the blocky, squarish scales on the head, and the self-satisfied smirk on the snakes' face. Reminds me of someone I know...
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Monday, March 17, 2014
Sunday, March 16, 2014
Saturday, March 15, 2014
With my cold making me bleary-eyed and whiny, I decided to take a break and go for a walk in the woods. I came back with a couple of interesting sticks to draw. My momma ( a watercolor artist and very wise woman) always told me that if you can draw a stone, you can draw anything. I figure the same has to be true about sticks. So here they are!
Posted by Rose Altom at 8:46 PM
Friday, March 14, 2014
I decided to dig out my drafting supplies today, and used a compass to make a perfect circle. I used the protractor to plan out where each petal of the flower should be, and then I used a fine tip pen to start sketching my flower. Brush pens gave it a bit of dimension, and I tried to liven it up with curves and uneven line work.
Posted by Rose Altom at 8:40 PM
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Finally! A completed painting! If you have stuck with me the past couple of months, you will notice that the early pics of this painting had leaves hiding the bird's tail. I finally owned up to the fact that I was hiding behind them, and painted them out. I am pleased to have learned a lot about myself, my procedures, and my creative processes with this painting, and I should be able to move a bit quicker from now on...with less struggles. I am proud to have GROWN with this painting!
Posted by Rose Altom at 8:29 PM
Monday, March 3, 2014
Yes, I really am painting! I have been fighting my new computer tooth and nail...I am not sure that I like Windows 8 at all! Finally capable of downloading pics from my camera, though it takes 3 times as long. I am still not on mobile...what is the difference between SMS and MMS? It obviously doesn't like SMS, so will try the other when hubby stops swearing...and Blogger doesn't seem to like my new search engine and keeps rejecting me...it is like being in high school all over again!!! However.... back to the painting. I am actually finished with this painting, and will post the pictures ASAP, but I wanted to show you a bit of the process. Initially, I used Ultramarine mixes in the background, and didn't like it at all, so switched to Cerulean, and am much happier. I did what I call 'sculpting' of my paint, starting with some base darks and building up to really give some dimension to the bird. I am using acrylics, by the way. I decided to throw out my usual OCD detail work, and have started working the feathers in such a way as to give movement rather than a stiffer 'perfect' brush stroke, and I am finally feeling like I am developing my very own style! It has taken years to get away from technical training enough to find the art in my soul. It is coming along....
Posted by Rose Altom at 11:56 AM