Sunday, April 25, 2010

Portrait of Grace

I've started the base painting of Grace's portrait. I'm trying a little different approach this time: more direct with my color choices and strokes in the initial base painting than I was with Adam's portrait. It has come to my attention that most people think the painting of Adam is bigger that it really is. The actual size is 11" x 14". This painting of Grace is 12" x 24" and double the surface to cover. That is why I wanted to be more deliberate with my initial strokes and color choices, I am hoping for less finessing as I come closer to the finished portrait. Already I see some slight position errors in her face I will correct. The eye on the left needs work on the lid shape and roundness of the iris and the eye on the right is positioned slightly too low and needs shape definition. also I need to finish the bottom of her nose. Because I skipped this in the initial painting, I believe my judgement of positions of the mouth are off slightly causing a tense feel to her smile. I am letting the painting dry some before I go back for round two, but My next goal will be to correct the facial structure shortfalls. On the plus side it already is starting to look a lot like Grace.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Happy Easter!

God Bless you all this Easter Sunday! He Is Risen! Salvation Is Here!
Love- The Hurst Family

Saturday, April 3, 2010

The Finished Painting!

Here is the final painting of Adam. I'm pretty happy with it and learned a lot in the process. Now on to the next painting! It will be a portrait of Grace... more to come! -Gary

Friday, April 2, 2010

My Clay Lion

In my art class we were assigned to create a clay sculpture of anything we wanted. I found some reference pictures of LIONS online and started building. I started my creation at school by building up an armature made up of newspaper and tape. Once I finished the armature I got to start with CLAY!!! I took "to long" to finish the sculpture, so I had to finish it as homework. I finished it and I think it looks great. Here are some pictures that dad took of the sculpture when it was finished. It will be fired over my easter break.
P.S. I would like some suggestions on how to paint it!!! (realistic, bronzed or...)
-Kasey Hurst