Wednesday, August 8, 2012

I LOVE It When the Portrait Starts to Come ALIVE ...

I'm continuing to glaze the pink/orange mixture on the face and neck ...

I've not looked forward to the hair, but I've started ...

I've taken the masking from the eye high-lights, and touched up the iris and pupil - may need more - and I've placed the shadows for her shirts. The very dark blue is a blue/black mix, with indothrene blue glazed over all. The lighter shadow is cobalt blue.

The shirt I've done with a mixture of phthalo and cobalt blue.

I'm taking the day off riding. I'm not sure if it was the weather or not, but when I jumped off Bruno's back yesterday morning, I felt like I was coming down with a flu. I forced myself to drive over to my hay supplier's farm to check out the hay before he delivers it. Then I came home, fed Bruno lunch, and went back to bed for four hours, wrapped up in every quilt I own. When I got up around 4PM,  I was still feeling weak and dizzy, and the weather was really feeling ominous. Then for 5 hours, we had the absolute Mother of a thunderstorm. For almost an hour, the lightning and thunder were literally non-stop. The rain was torrential. When there was a lightening of rain, I went out to check on the lad. Bless his horsey soul, he was fine, and just standing in his shed watching the light show. Any other horse I've had would be panicking, running around in the storm. So we stood together for a while, and watched Mother Nature do her thing. Then, Pat and I took the dogs out for a quickie before bed. Still not feeling quite strong enough to ride, so I'll paint. Then this afternoon, I'll head out to put up some posters advertising my upcoming open studio on August 18 and 19, and put a few more invitations in nearby mailboxes. I'm ready, and looking forward to my show - I just hope lots of people show up!

As always, your comments are most welcome!