I enjoyed experimenting in the kitchen this morning. I can’t say the flavour of my creation was perfect. It was missing something creamy and salty, like cream cheese or feta cheese, instead of the cheddar I had on hand. However, there was something about the mix of ingredients and photographs that spoke of flavour and colour saturation.
I wish I could say I am finished Bud’s portrait, but the reality is I still have a long, long way to go before I can say it is completed. I am at a point however, where I am willing to show it to you and hope you can see where I am going with it despite its very unfinished state.
If you have seen my previous posts on this you will know I used various photos to come up with this portrait. The hard bit is doing this in colour without a colour photograph to go by. I think for the face I will have to take a photo of myself and then try to use that as an aid to colouring when it comes to the finer details. I will also have to see if I can find colour reference material for the uniform.
I had to look up the possible definitions for merge to see what I could come up with this week. Finding one definition that stated “to blend or fade gradually”, I thought of my work on the portrait I am doing. I am not ready to share the whole thing but I thought I would take a photo of a small portion of the portrait to depict the idea of merge.
I essentially merge when I paint. I make my dark colour and then add a little white blending the two wet colours back and forth with my brush to help fade them into one another to become all part of one, in this case, part of the jacket. This painting or merging process is far from finished but it is all about merging paint to create a sense of clothing, light, darks and in the end a sense of dimension.