Monday, May 26, 2008

Happy Birthday Eddie!

I hosted a birthday dinner for Ed yesterday. I think it turned out pretty good. The main course was Italian beef hoagies along with kraut salad. I have to say that my Italian beef and salad are magnificent, no brag just fact. The only damper was tornado warning lurking but that's not unusual for some reason when I invite people over to my house for a party. There were tornado sirens going off at Mike's graduation open house too. I figure it just adds to the excitement of the day. "Que sera sera" translated means "what will be will be". Ed enjoyed himself and that was the whole point of the day.

I decided I'm not finished with Ed's mom's portrait, it still needs work but it's coming along. I'll have an updated picture here soon. If you want to take a peek now it's on my website at the in progress page.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Progress and update on website

Mary's portrait is coming along nicely. She's starting to almost come off the page now. She still needs skin tone built up and work on details like the glasses for one. Then of course her blouse which will be light blue. I'm also not certain about the color of her eyes, they may have to be a little browner. I'll have to ask someone for certain because they don't show up much in the photograph. I've actually been using two photographs for reference and I'm still not sure.

I've also updated my website and changed it a little. Hopefully all the links and things work. If you have time check it out and let me know if you find broken links anywhere, it's at Joyce Egbers That should get you there ;) On the contact page I've added a comment form feel free to comment and leave feedback for me. I know that works I tried it out myself :) And don't forget to keep up to date on the progress page. I'll be working more on Mary tonight and tomorrow.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Colored Paper

Good morning. I'm rarely on the computer in the mornings because I have what I call "the other job" but I had a little time this morning and decided to drop in. I've changed things a bit with Mary's portrait and trying colored paper. It's Canson Mi-Teintes, I forget the real name of the color but it's tan. So far I'm liking it better. I was thinking I should have done that in the first place then a new friend Darla Dixon verified my suspicions by suggesting it in a comment. That was all the push I needed so I appreciate her help. I don't have a progress picture ready yet but stay tuned, the outline is finished and some color down. You'll just have to trust me it'll be worth the wait. Guess I have to go to that other job now. Keep watching.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Colored pencil portrait in progress

This is a hard Mother's Day there's a piece missing. I worked on Mary's portrait a lot yesterday I was up till 2:00 in the morning. That's what happens when you have an obsession I mean a passion :) Anyway, I think the beginning stage is there and I can go on with the rest. There's not much to see yet but it's getting there. I'm working on skin tone now which has to be built up with lots of layers. So far only the wash is down. I needed to do her eyes before I went any farther for some reason that just works for me with most portraits. Guess I need that spark of realism. I haven't decided on the color for the background yet but that's a decision I'm going to have to make soon before I finish her skin tone. She's wearing a light blue blouse and her hair is white to grey. Any suggestions are welcomed and feel free to critique any changes that need to be made. Stay tuned and keep your seat pulled up. Watch the progress at Joyce Egbers colored pencil website.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Mary in progress

I'm beginning a portrait of my mother-in-law. The reference photo is from a snapshot which I had to blow up. The details are not real good and I promised myself I wouldn't do another portait without a good reference photo. This is a different situation though so I'm going to give it a whirl. I have the outline down but I think I need to tweak her mouth a little. There's something not quite right, I think maybe on the right corner. So pull up a chair and keep tabs on how things are progressing by going to my website on the progress page. I'll keep it updated.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Yellow Rose is finished

The rose is finished. I started it before Mary passed away, not knowing she liked yellow roses. When I was told about the yellow rose she pampered by her porch I wanted to dedicate it to her. It's 14" X 17" in colored pencil.

It's been through a lot really. I moved my desk out of the studio so I could watch TV and do art work at the same time. What I forgot about was the weird shows Ed tends to watch. One day I actually listened to a documentary of some doctor in Russia who transplanted the head of an ape onto another ape. They even had a graphic video of it. That's when I decided the desk and myself had to move back to the studio. So everything went back again.

I really don't care what he watches, what bugs me is he falls asleep and I'm listening to it thinking he's awake. So, I'm very satisfied now with my little TV in the studio. By the way, the ape made it through the operation but he was very angry and mean when he woke up. Sounds kind of Frankensteiney to me :)