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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Nearly Done!

I have been working on this and forgetting to post so will follow up with where I am right now. I have begun to deepen the values and define alot of the details. The picture was quite dark and also when otters are wet they are quite black...but I chose not to make him so dark because I felt there was a unity in the shape of his head with the shape of the furry angora hat. Similar shapes are always unifing as long as they seem to differ somewhat and do not become boring. I am hoping to keep the oval shape of her face and the otter's face working tightly so the eye stays there and wants to remain there. I want the water line to lead the eye of the viewer into the painting and make that circle. There is also alot of interest with texture throughout the painting so hopefully the viewer still has enough to look at to remain with the painting for awhile. I hope to be done soon...and will next show the professional photo of it...Yipee!


Guy Vincent Magallanes said...

This has been an amazing little adventure for me to go behind your "scenes" so to speak! Thanks so much for sharing. Now, what did you do to the green? It was so bright at the onset and now it is completely different.

Jane Freeman said...

Yes Guy I began with a rather wild green...but I wanted to have a soft glow in there because those aquarium tanks kind of do started with that and then glazed over with something more tame with a little turquoise in it...but that glaze was transparent in most areas to allow that wierd green to begin to glow through...I wish it had worked better. I tried a new green and it really was not good...I should have known better. I tried the Cascade Green from Daniel Smith and it had a gray effect which I was not are quite observant!! HA!

Guy Vincent Magallanes said...

I just love what you did with the green, and love your blog. I am now just going to blog about my paintings and the process...I've added you to my "blog go see" list. please feel free to visit mine;

Billie Crain said...

Jane, i think your salt effect is just stellar! you've taken on a pretty tricky project, recreating the look of an aquarium. i'm drawn to the apparent interaction between your daughter and the otter. they appear to be making eye contact and i find that quite appealing.