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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Suzanne Twins update

After 6 weeks, 24/7 (well not quite) of working on Urania Christy Tarbet's book, Dare to Dream, I took an afternoon off to paint. WOW, was afraid it would take longer to get in the groove, but surprisingly it all came back. All I had to do was change my hat!

This painting has a solid grisaille in raw umber. I've pretty much taught myself this process...I think the old masters used more glazing, where I got more opaque around layer 2. This is layer 3...and I was amazed at the difference! I tend to fall in love with each stage and am reluctant to keep working, and THAT is why it has taken so long to complete this painting. Other than a major downsize move that took 3 months and this book project.

WOULD YOU JUST LOOK at the difference? And I was in love with the under version! I can do alla prima skin tones, but sometimes I like the 'slowdown' of doing the grasaille (grey) so I can really enjoy the process of bringing it to life.


The book will be available for sale at IAPS 2013, June 5. It is a compendium of Urania's colorful life as a child, through her art studies as a young mother, her famous ancestors, to her founding of the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS) in 1995. Over 50 pastel artists from all over the world have contributed pictures of their art and stories about their personal journey to pastels and memories about IAPS conventions. The art is portrayed full page size so you can really 'see' the methods that are as diverse as the artists' locations and styles. 8 1/2" x 11", full color, 250+ pages. Soft Cover. Will be available through Amazon. Watch for date!

PS: don't tell Urania I leaked the news :)


Unknown said...

Not sure my previous comment posted.
I said...Wonderful!!!
The painting and the book. I definitely want to buy a copy of the book.

Julie Ford Oliver said...

I enjoyed seeing the process of the layering to achieve the final and quite wonderful effect. Those old masters knew what worked to make a better painting.
You managed to capture the softness of a baby's skin.

vickiandrandyrossart said...

getting more and more final every day, Julie! They've been off the easel resting for awhile, but Victory Day is approaching!

This process has been a real trial and error one. I'm never real sure when to jump into the more opaque colors because you lose some of the underpainting glow. Guess the good thing is I know it is there...and really enjoy the 'doing' of it.