The highest highlights on the shirt had to be darkened as they were way too bright. There are a few more lighter shadows and highlights along with some dirt left to do, especially on his overalls (gaitered trousers). I'm not sure what to do about the background yet. I had thought to just put some grass and shadows around his feet. I will probably settle for the grass, shadows, and addition of a darker background to make the figure pop out more.
Thursday, June 14, 2007
I have finally started my painting of a Continental infantryman wearing a hunting shirt. This figure represents a mid to late war soldier, though this type of shirt saw service through the entire war. Hunting shirts proved to be a suitable substitute when uniform coats wore out or were unavailable. They were also sometimes worn over coats to save on wear and tear. This 11 X 14 acrylic painting is in it's early stages and I'm still undecided as to what, if any background the painting will have.
Friday, June 8, 2007
This is due to having twins graduate highschool and plans for college in the fall. There are also some other family issues that are leaving little time for more relaxing activity. I have a Revolutionary War figure study waiting to be painted and my General Meade figure is basically in limbo. It's a good thing I do not paint or sculpt for a living. Though it's not enjoyable, there is something to be said for having a fulltime job with a steady paycheck. Hopefully things will settle down enough for me to have at least a part of the day in the very near future to nyself.