I think Tim stays up nights thinking of things to challenge me with...or at least things that will stump me. I'm SURE they exist...teehee. He just keeps throwing them at me! Well, setting them up for me. Each has a twist of some sort or other.
#1 was a brass teapot. He selected a #8 filbert and had me work on a slick gessoed panel. I was instructed to match colors as close as I could get, and make each brush stroke be the final stroke for that area. Thank goodness for my color swatches (ala Richard Schmid). I can get a 95% match within a few minutes...so THAT part was easy. He stopped me before I could ruin this one...
It's Brass! © 2009 Vicki Ross Oil on Panel, 8x10"
Then around 11...he set up another 2 items this time. Same 'rules', but on an 11x14 panel this time. The pottery was a gorgeous rich oxide red. It had a dusty appearance where it turned into the light that made it very challenging! Got a good start before he called lunch. An hour and a half later, back in the studio I finished it by 2pm.
Urn and Box © Vicki Ross Oil on Panel, 11x14
Getting a bit tired now, Stephanie (another student on hiatus now) came over with some issues she had with one of her paintings...so that added an element of chatter. Challenge this time was to make a more finished surface...but those COLORS! The Raku vase is just a level greener yellow, and the Granny Smith apple just a level bluer yellow. I did not nail this...but it is so close I can correct that this Wednesday. I love that background with the yellow. Don't know how the raku veining is going to go, but it will!
WIP © Vicki Ross Oil on Panel, 9x12
And just so you'll know how much I've been painting at home, last week I did a full sheet Leg o'Man in pastels:
Leg o'Man Pastel (left) Leg o'Man Oil (right) © Vicki Ross
Will show progress slideshow when they are both for sure finished!
AND, worked on the Flemish Method Peony...2nd color layer:
This is after the 1st color layer and I thought it was done...NOPE!
2nd color layer...today WIP © Vicki Ross Oil on Panel 9x12
AND completed the first color layer on the Flemish Method Peony in pastel! Photo is bad, but you get the idea...
1st color layer...today WIP © Vicki Ross Pastel on Wallis 11x14
I'm sure you can tell that my little OTT light was brightening the lower left corner...but this is a WIP...and I have some great progress photos to share when it is finished!
I think that is all I worked on last week. The Different Strokes From Different Folks challenge is due March 4...and the Botkin Secret Challenge on March 14. I'll begin working on those this week.