Tuesday, November 24, 2009

in progress

Working on a portrait of a young woman and her violin. I think the violin is a beautiful instrument and hope mine will turn out alright-- adding to the overall appearance of the portrait rather than detracting from it. I often have difficulty with the lines and angles of an instrument being held.

My first focus is on the face: her expression is focused as she positions her instrument.
Everything else is secondary, but still very important. After all, I want the face to fit the rest of the painting, and not look like the only thing I cared about. I've just begun the hand and hope to define that more next time I work on this painting.

Portrait in progress, in white and burnt umber. Oil on linen.


  1. This is such a fun blog! I knew you were an artist but didn't realize you had a blog until Danielle linked it today. Beautiful work! I love seeing stuff in progress and what your struggles or decisions were.

  2. Aww thank you for this encouraging comment! I'm obviously a bit of a sporadic blogger, but trying to get better. ;-)