Monday, July 7, 2014

Hitting the UGLY Stage with a Vengeance!!! ... or ... Two Works in Progress

This is a lovely spot on one of my favorite trails in the park.

First w/w washes with phthalo green - blue shade and quin. violet.

Covered the bottom, and did some spattering.

Masked off some trees, and did some more spattering and direct painting on the wet paper.
This is one ugly ...

My handsome nephew, shaved with a scalplock, doing his samurai imitation.

First washes for shadows

Some color in the hair

I had earlier put some skin colors and shadows down, but it looked so anemic. I took the good old proverbial bull by the horns, and did a wet, runny application of a dark. We shall see what comes of it ...  Yes, this is the second "ugly". Seem to really need to be doing more experimentation right now.

Got to go ... farrier arrived to do Bruno's feet - finally!

Thank you for visiting! Your comments are always welcome. 


  1. Love to see the works in progress! Great hair! :)

  2. Oh I think you are doing both of these swell...I love the colors you chose for your landscape....it will be pretty I am sure when it is finished. Your nephew's portrait looks wonderful...I love the profile you chose too. I understand about that ugly point but yours doesn't look ugly to me at all. Have a great evening and thanks for sharing.

  3. Wow! Both paintings are coming out superbly! I particularly love the way you have done your nephew's hair. Great job! :)

  4. Oh these are going to be good! Both of them for sure!!!
    The quiet spot on the trail is very beautiful

  5. Both are looking good for where you are at with them and I am looking forward to seeing the "butterfly" emerge.

  6. We're all ugly at that in between age. Then we blossom-- and so goes each painting. That's life! :-))

  7. I love Linda's comment!!! lol. I love both of these....but you know I LOVE that portrait and can't wait to see your next post!!! Wonderful work Kathryn!!!

  8. I think they are both looking great so far!! You are very hard on yourself - Oh we Artists insist on being so self critical, but then again if we weren't I guess we would never improve! Trust me, these are great! :0)