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Thursday, June 30, 2011

A scanned peek at Kimberly With Roses in progress

A scanned detail from a portion of my egg tempera spiritual portrait in progress of Kimberly with roses, egg tempera on true gesso panel
It's been almost a year since I've offered the last update on this painting on Mona Conner Portraits, but I've actually been slowly progressing with this egg tempera portrait of Kimberly over at my spiritual portrait series blog, Grander Joy of Spirit.  Large egg tempera portraits on panel do take a lot of time and patience, but are rewarding for their depth, and I thought it would be interesting to share this scanned detail, since recently I was discussing the differences in quality between a scan and a camera shot of my pastel self-portrait at age 3.  My own scanner bed is small, so it only captures about 12" x 9" from this 19 1/2" x 15 1/4" painting in progress, but it reveals to you the paint strokes, details, and depth, much better than a camera shot with my 5 mg camera, which tends to flatten out the values.  It also reveals the areas that I am still blending with many thin layers of egg tempera.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

pastel of Sandra

"Sandra", pastel in progress on La Carte pastel board

Here is a detail from a pastel portrait of Sandy I've had on the side and am working on again.