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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Berries & Birch 2~Update


Just a quick update on my progress. Not the best photo but the best I could do with the lighting conditions at the moment. I don't recall ever working on a painting that required so much 'coaxing' as this one. I tried to find shortcuts for the background effect I'm trying to achieve but could find none. I've worked the paint with Q-tips and a stiff bristled brush, pushing and blotting, pushing and blotting some more. The gessoed surface has definitely been beneficial for this project as I've had to scrub back areas. Uncoated w/c paper could never have withstood this and I'm not done yet. The branches look too neat, my marks/strokes should be much bolder. The background should be darker to make the birch bark look brighter....yada, yada. Also I still have to add in the berry clusters in the lower right and paint in more twiggy things.

6 comments:

Jeanette said...

The best things in life take lots of coaxing Billie. This is moving ahead steadily, you're breathing life into it more and more.

You'll get there, you're good at coaxing reluctant paper and paint to behave. :)

Krista Hasson said...

It is coming along wonderfully, the background is starting to take shape nicely, I can't wait to see this one finished!

Billie Crain said...

This has been a lesson in patience more than anything, Jeanette. I seem to be lacking in that virtue but I will perservere, darn it!

Billie Crain said...

I can't wait to see this finished either, Krista. Thanks!

cabap said...

great job Billie,
jan :)

Billie Crain said...

Thanks, Jan.:) It's coming along slow but sure.