This is the update of my “Jeni & Joyce” painting. I fixed up the eyes on both subjects, making them a bit larger, with blue and purple colors in them. I also changed the background to green so I could complement the red hair. I also added some texture to Jeni’s clothes, took my palette knife and added some interesting effects. Some highlights were also added to Joyce’s red hair. I’m going to develop it more but it gives me a blueprint to work from. The glasses will be further developed too. I took a dry paintbrush to soften the face so it won’t look splotchy. All in all, I believe it’s progressing well, as I’m taking my time and not rushing the process. Stay tuned for more soon.
I just started this painting on Saturday while working at the Santa Fe Artists Market. It turned out to be a nice day and I wanted to be productive as well. So I brought my 12×12 already-stretched canvas on 1″ bars, took an old photo of my Aunt Joyce, who was a talented psychotherapist and pianist, and a great supporter of my creative pursuits, and my sister Jeni, who was months old in this photo I painted from. I like how it’s evolving with the warm colors and the facial expressions. I will paint thicker and adjust Joyce’s eyes, I know they’re a bit crooked, but that can be fixed. Better to catch that now than later. I’ll update the progress of this piece.