7th Annual Portrait Swap is underway over at WetCanvas. The deadline for signing up was the end of October. And once that passed, the admins paired up folks randomly and you got a partner to exchange photo references, paint and swap portraits with. The work this year and feedback has been of a high standard. This link will take you to the fabulous work in their various stages on display in this thread.
My partner on this adventure is Max and you can see his take on me on his blog, Silver and the Birds. He’s done a fabulous job and soon it will be winging its way to sunny Colombo!
Here’s where I’m at today on his portrait. I had great refs to work with.
And I’m almost done. I’ll put in some more work on the hair, sweatshirt and background over the next few days. Below are some progress shots so that you can see what it went through to get here.
“Head of a Peasant Woman in a White Cap” (1884) / “The Zouave”, Arles, 1888 / “Portrait of Patience Escalier”, Arles, 1888 / “Portrait of Armand Roulin” Arles 1888
Worked on these 4 starting last evening. I love Van Gogh’s work and it felt like a shame to not participate properly in the current MOM especially as it had been extended by a month to the end of March. While these are not the piece I had in mind I had a super time working on them. Surprisingly they took a lot more time to complete than I had planned for leaving me quite exhausted. I’m happy to report that all this practice using acrylics is helping me get (re)familiar with the medium.
I’ve participated in a couple of MOM’s over at WetCanvas! Happy to have come across the Jan/Feb MOM on Van Gogh in time. Here is my attempt at copying a self portrait made by Van Gogh while at Saint Remy (1889) to reassure his mother that all was well. He looked particularly handsome in this one. The colours of the reference found on the web are duller than the ones in my book. Not sure which is accurate. Unfortunately, I have made his face shorter and wider, eyes larger, nose even larger proportionately than in the original. I must have a go at this in oil. Must also procure a larger reference as the proportions get messed up if the difference in size is too much.
Update : November 23, 2007 : Worked some more on the portrait today. Still very much a limited palette. Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Ultramarine Blue, Cobalt Blue ( used by mistake 😛 ) Yellow Ochre, Titanium White and a teeny weeny bit of Sap Green. And oh I did use and equally tiny amount of cadmium red medium.
November 21, 2007 : I am making very slow progress on the WetCanvas Annual Portrait swap project. Incredible portraits have been started, finished and are in the process of being mailed out. If you want a treat go and have a look.
I’m one of the few in the group still stuck in the early stages. The 10″ by 12″ canvas board proved to be too small. I was waiting for my husband to return with some larger canvas boards [ i always have an excuse 😛 ]. Giving it another go on one that is 12″ by 16″.
The first layer was drawn using burnt sienna thinned down with turpentine. Today, I added in some white and burnt umber to separate out the light and dark areas. I’ve managed to shorten the length of the face a bit today but it needs to be shortened some more and the features need to be reworked. Leaving that for tomorrow night. 😀
I forgot to add two more commitments for the month of November. Six and Seven. One was accepting an invitation for an exhibition, my first. And a second was helping a friend key in and sort out some text for her brochure.
The first casualty in this list of 7 activities has been 50,000 words for Nanowrimo. When the matter of the exhibition came up it took a backseat. I did write 6519 words and may add more to it when I find the time but it’s unlikely to be in November.
In yesterdays post, I talked about the first two of my Going Nuts in November projects. This post expands on the other three 😀
The third project. While reading about Nanowrimo I can across Nablopomo, which is about blogging everyday for a month. Sounded like a good idea to me but when I went to sign up I realised that it was for the month of November. Did that stop me?? And now for everyday in November, I’ll be attempting to make a post a day.
And the fifth acitivity is attending an art appreciation course with either Rokeya Sultana or Javed Jalil at the Art Club Gallery. I have to go over in the next couple of days to sign up. I’d like to take sessions with both of them but then I think I’ll be asking for more trouble 😀
Now that you know the whole story – Wish me luck!
About the painting at the top of this post. One more wip. Started this self portrait several nights back. I’m hoping to progress it further before my hair grows back! There is a slight tilt to the head as I was peeping from behind the easel to look into the full length mirror on my cupboard. Oil on a 10″ X 12″ canvas.