Monday, July 27, 2009

The Man


Waiting
6 x 6
oil on doorskin

The days are hot now that summer is here and more of my spare time is spent outdoors swimming, cycling or running with not much time left to paint. I am getting out with my camera to the markets and after our trip to France I have a years worth of resource photos but I'm having trouble getting something on the canvas. I find quite often turning to an assignment helps keep me at it so checked in on Karin Jurick's latest posting. This DSFDF Challenge at first seemed daunting but I'm finding it to be increasingly easier to take the subject and focus on value and color, my two favorite components and so then the play began. I think this will be one of the last small paintings I do as I find the 6 x 6 format just a little too restricting and I haven't figured out how to frame them so they stand out well.

10 comments:

Sheila said...

I'm lovin' these colors! I need to try that doorskin! Great job Barb!

Mark Bridges said...

nice one Barb.

Claire said...

This has a wonderful, mysterious quality to it - like it a lot!

David Larson Evans said...

Love the chiaroscuro very nice job.

Glenda Mosher said...

Oooo! lovely feeling here - rich colors and mood.

dominique eichi said...

the mood in your piece is great

Barb Hillier said...

Thanks Sheila - Doorskin makes a nice smooth inexpensive surface to paint on but I am also starting to use canvas but smoothing it out by filling the surface with more gesso and scraping it off before it dries.

Barb Hillier said...

Thanks Mark and Claire - I'm starting to enjoy painting people as it's easier to add that element of mystery

Barb Hillier said...

Thanks David - had to look up chiaroscuro - am very new to painting and didn't know it was a defined technique.

Barb Hillier said...

Thanks Glenda and Dominique - I think I am a moody person! I guess it translates into the painting.