I haven't done any work today at all so I dont really have anything to say so instead I will tell you what I did do.  I went to a Chinese restaurant in Leamington Spa for a long lunch with my husband, it was gorgeous.  The rest of the day was spent doing nothing really because we had both over-eaten and it wore us out.  There you go that's the reason for not getting anything done.  I hope you all had a lovely day too.
 
 
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Today I have returned to the painting of the hand holding the cherry, can anyone guess a good name for this one?  Could have double meaning couldn't it, could be fun.  What I have done is started to build the depth and colour into the hand, it is my own hand and my veins do stick out a bit on the edge of the hand and I have got wrinkles on the little finger when it's in that position.  The colours that I have used are flesh tint, raw umber, titanium beige, titanium white, prussian blue, alzarin crimson. 

 
 

Dog

2/11/2010

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I think he's finished and all I have left to do is tidy up the background, which is a very pale green that does not show very well on the photo.  His paws are all wrong but I have left them like it because that's how I want them to look.  I think they call it "artistic license".  Now I have to go and put the finishing touches to the other ones that I have started in the past few weeks.

 
 
 
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Day 3 of this painting and I think he's getting there, albeit slowely.  I find it very difficult to work in these colours because I cant seem to see it very well.  As you can see, I do appear to be leaving those paws as they are even though they are wrong, but I like them wrong.  I have started to work on the eyes but still got more to do.

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I have also almost finished this one now.  I have discovered something and that is that I cannot paint writing and there should be some on the bag and on the cup.  I might have to think of some way of getting it on there. 

 
 
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He's getting there, the colours right now and all I have to do is get some detail in.  I know that his paws are not quite true but that is how they are going to stay, I like them like that.  I will do his eyes last and then, I hope, his character will show.  Still a long way to go I think.

 
 
 
 
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Was able to get a little more done to the dog today in between trips into town with my husband and tucking into a Chinese takeaway about half an hour ago.  I have coloured the background pale green and started to colour the face of the dog.  I am using Burnt Umber, Yellow Ochre, Cadium Red Hue, Raw Umber and Titanium Beige.  I'm glad I've put this down on here because I will have forgotten what I used by tomorrow and will have to start trying to make the colour all over again.  I will add more depth later with this one by highlighting certain parts of his face and body.  I hope that will make it ok we will have to see.  This painting is all trial and error but, possibly, mainly error. 

 
 
 
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Well, as I said earlier, I have tried to get the main body of the dog done by the end of today.  Got it done but at the expense of my family's dinner being on time.  We will be a bit late with that I think but at least I'm happy, lol.

 
 
 
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Today I have about 5 paintings in various stages of drying so, to keep myself going, I have started a new one.  This is of a chocolate labrador puppy but in it's monochrome stage.  Hopefully I will be able to get all of the dog in before the end of the day.  The trouble is this computer is playing up again and thus far I have had to spend at least half an hour trying to load this on.  Never mind it's done now.  I will be moving the dogs body more in line too but as I paint.  Colours used are the usual raw umber and white.

 
 
 
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It's starting to look more like it now, still got a few more layers to go with the monochrome to get the depth that I want.  Still no colour as yet but that will come later.

 
 
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I have now started this new painting, once again it's only small being just 10"x 12".  It is oil on canvas and this is the underpainting.  The fingers look pretty flat at the moment and I will be adding depth to those once this layer has dried.  What's that in the middle of the hand you ask?  Well it's a cherry, make up whatever meaning you want when there is a picture of someone holding a cherry!

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