Saturday, September 26, 2009

Character Study


Sneaking a Peak
6 x 6
oil on doorskin
I caught this scene in Poland last year and was attempting to portray the secret glance this young man stole whilst sitting with his girl. I found the 6 x 6 format too small to get the hand that was hiding his eyes and the girls legs need to be a touch longer but had to quit before it was finished as my alla prima approach was foiled by a two day distraction. My lesson learned - draw carefully and allow time to finish in one day. I'm really enjoying painting figures and may get brave and move on to portraits.

4 comments:

Sheila said...

Now if you hadn't had told me your trials and tribulatons with this piece I would have never know you struggled with it. Just by the way you captured his position, I could tell he was trying to be sly about sneaking a peek at the pretty gal. Love the color palette you chose for this.

Barb Hillier said...

Thanks Sheila - oh yes how I do struggle. I feel successful though if I can be happy with at least one aspect and with this one it was the colors.

Manon Doyle said...

Lovely work Barb! I lived in Chilliwack B.C. and North Vancouver as a child!! It's so beautiful in that part of the country!!

Barb Hillier said...

Thanks Manon. Yes the lower mainland is beautiful and I do spend some time down there but it is too wet for me so I spend most of my time in the drier Okanagan. Thanks for coming by.