Thursday, January 03, 2008

Studio Painting

It was snowing all day yesterday, but I've been in the studio working on several projects, drinking lots of tea, and listening to "mourning becomes electra" by Eugine O'Neill. Suffice it to say I am not complaining about being stuck in the house all day.

This is one of the projects I am working on. It is oil on wood and as you can see I started with a grisaille first. It needs quite a few refinements before I can even think of starting glazing it with colour. However I want to fill in the background and add other elements before I decide if she stays black & white or not.

And now for something completely different
I saw these "cute and cuddly" roadkill toys at the sky news website
This one is called
twitch the raccoon, however I think it should be called cringe because that is what I am doing at this moment,eek! They describe their toys " that don’t take themselves too seriously." I enjoyed reading their website and cruising their links, I hope you do too.


Janvangogh said...

The painting is turning out lovely. Is that the same chair you used in the piece with your daughter in the kimono?

These "ugly" type toys seem to becoming more and more common. I kind of wonder if they wont see the same fate as the old cartoons that were so "violent".

The Lone Beader said...

I like the black and white. Looks ghostly. :D

Miladysa said...

I love the painting!

Roadkill cuddlies? OMG!

thorngren said...

LOVE-Love Love the painting so far. Can't wait to see what end up doing ot it!

thorngren said...

to it!

San said...

Hi. I've seen you about on some other blogs and curiosity got the better of me.

Love this painting you've started! Such a psychologically complex face--actually I like it, as is, with everything else more rudimentary and the focus on that wonderful face. You no doubt will allow it to evolve wonderfully. Can't wait to see it at later stages.

kim@laketrees said...

terrific work on the face and neck !!!
I have a real penchant for black and white and this works so well with the 3D face and 2D background...
your new boots...are fab :)

JafaBrit's Art said...

jan, yes that is the same chair, one of my favourite pieces of metal sculpture in the house.
I don't intend for this to stay black and white, but I sure LOVE black and white lone beader.
Hey thanks for dropping by miladysa :)
Thorngren, thanks, I hope it turns out the way I imagined.

Thanks San, I always have a struggle doing colour not because it is hard or that I don't love colour, but I just ADORE black and white paintings. So we will see what I do with this one.

kim, those boots look really cool with my 1920's vintage coat, but oh, impossible to walk in LOL!

ckw said...

Ugly dolls are so "it' my 4 year old grandson has several- I think it is kinda cool- as I grew up in the Barbie time and could never relate- however I know lots of adults who collect and cuddle them- and that I dont really get either!
but your painting is defintely NOT ugly- thanks for sharing! and I learned a new technique and word--thanks

Kris Cahill said...

I love this painting, your day sounds lovely and cozy! Thanks for visiting my blog. I like yours as well, very nicely done.

I also like the Roadkill doll. Hilarious, I'm imagining you already know about Happy Tree Friends?

Happy New Year and best to you this year.

David Howard said...

I am curious about how you build your images - do you use photos as a guide? Is this done in acrylic or oils? I have put your art as my desktop picture, so that I can take a while to take it in - I hope you don't mind.
So, Corrinne another great artwork in progress - I will be interested to see where you go with this one. Keep us posted.

JafaBrit's Art said...

hiay howard, yes I am using a photo as a guide, although the background and other images won't be. I prepared mdf board with several coats of wood support gesso, then black gesso. Traced the sketch onto the mdf and am using oil paints.
using it for your desktop :) of course I don't mind.
Didn't know about the Happy Tree Friends Kris but these type of dolls and cartoons are very popular aren't they?

Glad you like the painting so far ckw. Worked on the tshirt top today. going to have to leave it for a few days to dry, so will work on another project.

Anonymous said...

Neat post. I am not thrilled by road kill but it happens. Your art of it is much more to my liking.

Lynette said...

OMG, I think your painting is absolutely stunning and it's beautifully haunting in black and white!
Ugh, those roadkill toys just make me sad...I hate to see some little animal crushed on the road. :( Can't believe someone would make toys from that! :o

Linda Blondheim said...

I really like the portrait outlined in white. Way cool!!