Here is My Amaryn: This is how far I have been doing. It will take quite sometimes since I am doing it as traditional miniature. It is oil on natural vellum presumably from calf. Good thing is they did not have to kill the calf to get the skin.
Size is 3"X5"
C&C are welcome and appreciated.
Sandi, can't wait to see it. how small is a minature? and what is natural vellum?
I like the "re-newed" coastal bay picture... That curve is difficult. Now the focal point are the boats, which is very nice except for one, it may beach itself being so near the beach , If you don't have a mast on the boats they will have flat bottoms, if you have a mast they have to have a keel. I dinghy would work... All in all I really like it...
Pastel Teachers' hands are usually chalk-full. (by Marsha Ross)
C & C Always Welcome
Sandi I can't even see something as small as three by five to try to paint that small wold take more patience than I"ve ever had I sure want to see the final like something from the eighteenth century the only issue I had with your sea-landscape was the boats I would have liked to see them horizontal rather than vertical they seem to run my eyes to the bottom but they are still great works James
Marsha I know I should ask this on the chatter but I know you are either agent producer or something about the same in the music Industry, about 40 years ago I played bass in a cover band with a singer [she was great] named Barbara Hancock she was married to a Ironworker friend of mine named Ron Florio they moved to Vegas about 74 -75 she continued working lounges they divorced but are still in vegas have you ever heard of her ? I can get away one time posting this I hope on the challenge since it's an addendum if you know I won't expect ans here James
Jim C&C welcomed
Marsha- Vellum is calfskin. It is mammal skin that are cleaned, stretched and prepared for writing or printing in the old days. Now we are using it for painting too. I added the word "natural" to distinguish it from the vellum that people use for tracing which is not made from natural skin. Actually, most of us painters will probably understand the difference already. I just had to be sure.
The size of Miniature painting varies from place to place. Normally, image size should not be greater than 25 square inches. I have seen some association that set the requirement up to thirty five square inches, and some limit at fifteen square inches. I am a member of The Miniature Art Society of Florida and have been working on miniature for about two years. Last December I entered an exhibition for the first time. My three submitted pieces went through the juried selection and I got to show my work among 800 artists coming from about nine countries (total painting submitted was over a thousand). I also sold one of the three pieces.
The traditional miniature involves careful application of colors one on top of the others until you achieve the colors and luminosity that you want. Therefore the process goes slowly since we have to wait for oil to dry. We do use Alkyd oil which dry faster but only in the beginning. Afterward, we build it up with regular oils that is more vivid and give more luminosity.
When I am done with Amaryn, I will post her here probably in about a month or two. Summer is a busy time for traveling.
Thanks for nice words, Marsha.
Hi All- Traditionally we do not close the Monthly Challenge as there might be some people who want to pick some of the Challenges to paint/draw or do something artful about them later on. I just want to thank those who participated in this month Challenge. Thank you Dave, Geri, Jen, Marsha, Maronna, Seham, James, Teresa for participating and Sammy who gives comments and review kindly and expertly for everyone. Our little group has also expanded to include four more newcomers:- Teresa, Seham, Maronna and Geri. Oops... Geri is not new since he started in Challenge No. 19 but when I met Geri, I thought Geri is a woman until he posted his self portrait wearing beards. So now we have A Girl named Sam and A Man named Geri.
See you all later in the next Challenges. Have Fun Painting!
It has been fun.
I have just posted the July Challenge and I hope you all will join in and have some more summer fun painting.... join me for July ... see ya'll there....
Sandi, you got a good start on Amaryn. Looking forward to seeing the progression and completion.
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Hi All- After I have dragged for so long, finding one excuse one after another, I sat down and finished Amaryn's picture. It's not that I haven't done any painting. I have done others and came back to her a little bit and gone to do other things. I spent a whole day to refinish this painting yesterday and I think I am really finished. By the way, Ami got her first commission modeling at one year old. I was going to post her photo doing ad. for "Groupon" in the Challenge but I am not sure it's appropriate so I won't. If anyone cares to see it, you can PM me and I will send the photo to you.
"Amaryn" miniature painting
Oil on Vellum (Calf skin)
Size is 3"X5"
Hi Sandi, i like the latest painting, looks real,
where's everybody? out of the country?
seham- Thanks so much, it's always nice to hear from you. Hope things are going well in every aspect for you.
I think they are taking summer breaks. Pretty soon they will all come back, I hope.
what are u doing in summer?
im trying to come up with new designs, coloring few paintings
vacation is almost over around here, i have to go to work by the beginning of september. feels very soon
Sandi, I would think that isn't is a challenge to do a portrait in miniature. You captured Amaryn's joyful expression and the impression of motion. Well done face, hair, clothing and grass. She will probably treasure this all her life.
Sammy- Yes it's quite a challenge to do portrait in miniature or anything in that venue. I've just done another one of a child that is smaller on a 3"X4" surface. I love it but will show after I send it to either Washington D.C. for exhibition in December or Florida in February. For both I have to start sending in September. I have this superstition that I would not show my miniature until after the big exhibition. For Amaryn's I am sending to exhibition too but since she is a part of the Challenge here, therefor I am showing her here first.
Thanks for your supportive review, I will keep painting in both regular and miniature size for as long as I can hold the brushes.
Seham- Please go to the Chatter tread and we will continue chatting there.