Monday, February 1, 2010

The Warded Man in Oil

Sorry about the glare in this photo. It's late and I want to track my progress on this portrait of Arlen, a character from The Warded Man by Peter Brett. I had been working on this digitally but decided to print out the sketch, secure it on to a masonite board with acrylic matte medium and proceed in oils. I've just applied the second coat and will start in tomorrow, working the background first.

It's been awhile since I've posted. I've had company of the best kind...our daughter and her son from Michigan. I've also been teaching an after school fantasy art class with another daughter to about 15 5th and 6th graders. It's taken much preparation. I've also had the children's book I've been working on, plus I started taking lessons from a wonderful artist via the internet. Between this and that, January is suddenly done and gone and the big, beautiful sun has smiled down on our world two days in a row. I know it's still too early, but winter is perhaps on the wing....

And now the sun is climbin' high,
Rising fast on fire,
Glaring down through the gloom,
Gone the gray, I say.
The sun it spells the doom
Of the winter's reign,
Ice and chill must retire
Comes the May say I,

And you'll be here to see it.
Stand and breathe it all the day.
Stoop, and feel it. Stop and hear it.
Spring, I say
(Secret Garden Musical) least, one can hope.


Kristopher A. Denby said...

You've been taking lessons? Wow. I see absolutely no reason for you to take a lesson. Outstanding portrait!

The Art of Kim Kincaid said...

Hey, thanks Kristopher. Take my word for it...I'm still very much a student in need of much learning.

Kristopher A. Denby said...


I'm sure that your eye is the more critical one, and I'm also sure that you know way more about the study of art than I. But I must say, from the perspective of the average Joe, your work is astoundingly beautiful. If I'd stumbled on some of your work elsewhere I would have thought you were doing this professionally. I don't know you and have no reason to pump your ego. I think the art presented here on your site speaks for itself.

You are one talented lady.

Keep it up!

The Art of Kim Kincaid said...

You've made my day, Kris. Thank you.

Kristopher A. Denby said...

:) The truth is a light! Sometimes it reveals the good, other times the bad.

I should be the one thanking you for sharing these with us!