Wednesday, November 19, 2008

A Work In Progress....Part 2

I've been making quite a bit of progress on my faux window. When I last left off, the above is what the window looked liked. The sky and background had been basically finished although I always reserve the right to go in later and make any adjustments I might need to in those areas. The flowers had just been started at this point as well.

At this point I've more thoroughly shaded and highlighted the petunias so that they start to "pop" out of the scene. As you can see I've also finished quite a few leaves as well.

In this last photo I've finished shading and highlighting all the petunias and leaves. For those who don't paint, let me just say it is a "process" of working, stepping back to check progress, adjusting colors etc until I get the exact look I'm going for. At this point the bird needs to be painted and also as you can see, I've started filling in the window panes. The window panes may seem easy but they are a tedious process of trying to stay within the lines drawn on the canvas. Remember those olden days of using our Crayola Crayons and being told to "stay inside the lines?" Well, that is especially important on faux windows or instead of ending up with what looks like a window, you will have a sloppy mess instead. Once the window's base coat is on, I then have to shade and highlight so it actually does look like a real window. Shading and highlighting always gives a painting dimension and makes it"pop". My next window post will show the completed piece so stay tuned.


Charm and Grace said...

Great post! I am sure many people wonder how a painting goes from nothing to beautiful. Looking forward to part 3.


Melissa and Emmitt said...

hi ruth!
oh it is wonderful! i always love when you share the steps to achieving your amazing effects.
you are so talented!

La Donna Welter said...

Faux painting has always been interesting to me. I love how you say you have the right to go back in and adjust the colors! : )

Catherine Holman said...

It's fun to watch this painting come to life.

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

What fun getting to watch as you create this beautiful painting! I love watching it come to life.

The Painted Garden said...

Hi Ruth,

Your painting is beautiful - the sky and flowers really came together - can't wait to see the bird and completed painting.

I really enjoy watching you create one of your windows from the first stoke and look forward to seeing the finished work of art. Thank you for sharing your work with us.
Have a great week. Erin

Mosaic*Queen said...

It is looking Great Ruth!
The sky is awesome!

Donna said...

It's great, Ruth, following your step by step.


NeereAnDear said...

I do love to see a painting start out as nothing but an idea ... a sketch ...... then it starts filling in ... and as it does it suddenly becomes alive !!




The Rose Room said...

Lovely, makes me feel light and happy looking at it! Rachaelxo

Suzanne said...

So very pretty! I can't wait to see the finished painting...but the process is always so fun to see.
And, your are right, it IS a process!
Lots of "tweaking" for me. :)