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Sunday, January 4, 2009

Different Strokes for Different Folks

A new adventure! My first online painting challenge. Karin Jurick started this blog sometime in 2008, and Erika has been doing it for awhile. Typically Karin posts a photo and everyone interprets that photo in his/her own style, then they are posted together. Fun!
This time, she had us submit a photo of ourselves, and she 'awarded' them to other painters. We had no clue who we were painting...I was determined not to wait until the last minute, but ended up being too realistic and had to wait for paint to dry several times during the process.
Here are the pics:
my source photo...you can tell I took a bunch of time with it...even had my bluetooth earpiece in my ear that I had to 'remove'.

My assignment

Day 1
Day 2

Day 3 (Yeah, I bought this box from Tim hoping his talent would rub off on me)

Day 4

Day 5

Day 6
FINAL Vicki Ross paints Carol Horzempa 

Carol Horzempa paints Vicki Ross (she got the square eyes right!)
I have also been invited to join another online challenge painting group...this one will be from life. Whoever is in charge for the month will call for an item (common item, bottle of tabasco, apple, etc). It's fun to paint under duress!

28 comments:

Peggy Montano & Paintings said...

Carol, thank you for showing the progress of this painting. You have captured her likeness and beauty. You are a portrait artist.

vickiandrandyrossart said...

Thanks Peggy! I'm Vicki, tho not carol.

I love seeing progression photos. There was something so fresh about the first work session. Very loose, transparent. I loved her lips.

Jeez, you called me a portrait artist! KEWL!

Peggy Montano & Paintings said...

I mean... Vicki..and your painting of Carol.:-)

Durinda Cheek said...

Way Cool, Vicki! How did you find time to paint like that through the holidays, I want to know!

vickiandrandyrossart said...

Hi Durinda! Well, when you don't 'do' holidays, even tho we had friends/family both t'giving and xmas day, I found time. I'm set up right here in my kitchen dining area (and liking it alot, BTW) so it is easy to work at odd times. Sure miss my Sorg easel...will get my studio ready by spring, I hope!

Vern Schwarz said...

Vicki, you and Carol both did amazing jobs on your portraits. Thanks so much for the blow by blow...I found it very enlightening. The way this piece evolved was never in doubt after seeing the initial first session.

vickiandrandyrossart said...

Thanks, Vern! I'm having a ball meeting all of you guys! This was SO much fun! Can't wait for the next challenge!

VanDerHoekArt said...

Beautiful job on the portrait! It was great to see the progression too. I like how you composed it by cropping in on her and keeping her to one side. Very nice!

Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving such a nice comment, I appreciate it!

Edward Burton said...

WONDERFUL portrait of Carol, Vicki!
You really captured her soft expression.

Nartizt said...

Hi Vicki, I've been following your blog for several months, and loved your coverage about the Charles Reid classes and others. Today, you commented on my blog and I've been looking for a email address to mail you back, but can't find it on your blog or website... so here I am. Anyway, love your artwork, enjoy your blog, and I appreciate your comments on my blog. Keep up the good work! Nancy

vickiandrandyrossart said...

Edward, thank you for your enthusiasm!
Nartizt, thanks for letting me know I had missed something! I edited my profile to include my email and added a photo. Glad you have been enjoying my blog...have you subscribed?

dominique eichi said...

Vicki, Wow ! what great portraits. I really enjoyed the process you showed us.
Thank you so much for such a nice comment on my blog also. I will be coming back often. NIce to have you in DSFDF.

Sheila said...

Thank you for posting the progression photos. It's so nice to see REAL artists doing such wonderful work.

Diana Moses Botkin said...

These are so fun. Makes me want to join the group! Good job on your painting, and the portrait of you is also wonderful.

christine said...

Vicki, you've captured the warmth of Carol's countenance so nicely! And thank you for sharing your work-in-progress. I love watching the portrait come to life!

vickiandrandyrossart said...

You guys are so nice to welcome a newcomer! Guess all my practice and studies are paying off...I'm having so much fun with blogging that i didn't want to go to bed last night and miss emails from all these new artists...but I had it to look forward to this am.

I love progression photos. When I am in my 'real' studio I leave my digital camera on a tripod and take more. You never know when you might need a series for a slideshow...

Carol Feldman said...

I don't know what I can add to all these accolades...but I agree. Wonderful painting. Inspiring!

vickiandrandyrossart said...

Carol, I was just worried about embarrassing me! Check my newest blog for today's project start using Flemish techniques.

Carol Horzempa said...

Vicki....I'm the artist that did your portrait. What an awesome experience this has been! I'm glad I got your wonderful "square eyes" right. They were the most fun to paint. By the way, I like the way you did my eyes with glasses and all and the flesh tones are great!
Here is my new blog just created today.

http://carolhorzempa.blogspot.com/

vickiandrandyrossart said...

well, 'allo stranger! Glad to hear from you! Looked yesterday for a blog for you and failed to find one, so glad you got one now!

I've been told my eyes are my personality, however, they are getting out of control...I don't have much of a choice on getting some plastics. My vision is becoming impaired. dammit. I HATE medical procedures of any kind.

Glad you like yours...wanna swap? Yours is 9x12, oil on gessoed panel. Needs some good dry time.

Erika Nelson said...

APPLAUSE! Red, I cannot believe how generous you are about this event that you've posted your process! You really got into it! I am so used to your painting 3 paintings in one eye that it really impresses me that you've dedicated more time into this and your result is fabulous! I am willing to bet that your model's loved ones would be the first to say you've captured her beautifully and her spirit to boot! I think the spirit was in the eyes and her smile that might be familiar to those who know her well. This is an heirloom! I'm so glad you did the challenge I hope it's not the last, I enjoy playing with my Red!!!! xoxox

Carol Horzempa said...

Sure, that would be great to swap. Yours is about 10x11 painted on gessoed canvas (I cropped some of the background in the photo). I also left enough border for stretching onto a frame.

I guess it is about time I had a blog. Thanks to Karin's DSDF I've finally been motivated enough to get back to some serious painting.

Theresa Rankin said...

Wow and wow again....magnificent piece Vicki with a Schmid air about it!!! You have created a beautiful image of Carol!!! And she did a fantastic one of you!!

vickiandrandyrossart said...

Erika...I love it! 3 paintings in one eye...you'll have everyone thinking I can do micro-mini-miniatures! Let's see, in Carol's eye you will find Mona Lisa, War Eagle Mill (arkansas), and a rose...teehee! BTW, got a call from my mom this am to see if I was sick. pretty good when we all stay in touch through blogs! I assured her it was just a little cold.

Carol...guess we need to let them dry a bit. I've never stretched canvas, so will probably do an Ann Templeton and attach it to a panel.

Theresa: glad to see you are back...we've missed ya. Gotta ask you, tho...where is schmid? I was kicking me for getting too realistic (again). so then what do I do? start playing with Flemish methods. duh.

Carol Horzempa said...

Vicki.....I have just been thinking, I have never stretched canvas that is already painted. I'm afraid your face would be distorted. I would like to apply it on a panel and varnish it but not sure what kind of glue to use. What is Ann Templeton's method? Otherwise if you want, I could just send it as is after it's dry. The paint is not that thick and feels dry to touch already.

Victoria on Okinawa said...

Wow! Cool to see the progression of this portrait. I love the look of sunshine shining out of her face not on her face.

vickiandrandyrossart said...

Carol, I had answered your comment with a direct email, but then realized I should have done it here for all who might be curious.

'She first preps the board (ordinary latex paint to seal). When it is dry she uses ELMER's white glue. makes sure it is a smooth layer (no gaps) and then gently lays the painting on, making sure it is square to the board. working from the center out she smooths it down...and if not too much texture uses a rolling pin to make sure everything is in contact. Place waxed paper on top and weight it down for a few days.

Elmer's is removable, and archival. Some people use wood glue (elmer's) but ann just uses the white kind.'

vickiandrandyrossart said...

Victoria, your comment made me look at this in a different 'light'. Interesting...don't have a clue how I managed to do that, except I was using a white gessoed slick panel and kept removing paint back to the panel in the light areas. Perhaps it is because the panel had a slight warm stain from the pigments that was different from white pigment.