Monday, December 27, 2010

Oil Painting Update

In spite of all my good intentions, the oil painting I had planned to create as a Christmas gift for my in-laws is nowhere near finished. In fact, I hate to say it, but I've barely begun. My idea was to paint a portrait of my husband and his sister for them, as they live in FL and their children still reside in NH.
Fortunately our visit to them is only scheduled in January. This buys me a little time from my original self-set Christmas deadline. It's certainly not a big enough window of time for the thing to dry, and I don't plan to drag a wet painting onto an airplane. But I'm hoping it'll be enough time to get the faces up painted to a level where they're at least vaguely recognizable, and I can bring along a photo of what I'm working on.
For now, I've stretched and primed the canvas...and basically painted two circles where faces will be going in the future. There's not even so much as a halfway decent underpainting to show you this week, I'm afraid. But I promised I'd share, so here's what things look like so far:

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday! Here's wishing you all a safe, happy, and creative 2011. Keep your fingers crossed for me that I can actually finish a project for once! (o;


  1. Hey, just getting started is half the battle! Looks like a good beginning!

  2. My fingers are crossed for you, Nicole! I think it looks great so far. The likeness of your husband is definitely there. Before I read the post, I thought it was a portrait of the two of you.

  3. Thanks, ladies! I hope I can find some motivation to crank up the productivity over the next week.