Baby Hands

Acrylic, 6 x 6 inches

I recently tried these two pictures of baby hands with an orange using two different colored grounds. One was burnt sienna; the other was ultramarine blue. Can you tell which was which?

It’s not difficult to tell–the orange is more vibrant on the burnt sienna, and the rest of the painting is more exciting on the blue background. I found the flesh colors difficult to get correct. I like the top hand on the right the best, as it has the most luminosity.

I think hands are fascinating for their complexity of positions and expressions. I need more practice at painting them though!

 

 

 

 

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Skydiving

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Acrylic, 9 x 12 inches

I painted this picture as a gift for my son who has just learnt to skydive this year. He’s completed 26 jumps and graduated with his first certificate. We thought it was a crazy venture at first, but since he’s described the process we’ve been very impressed with the method and responsibility of the process and we’re proud of him.

I watched his you-tube video many times, stopping it every few seconds to find a shot I liked and then I painted from the computer screen.