This past week has been a busy one! I’ve had a tooth removed with painful consequences, it was my birthday, we entered Denmark for the first time, and I’ve been working on little Button. I hope you’ll excuse the number of pictures along with my painting progression this time as I had a week away from the easel with mouth pain. I was busy with the camera though as a source of distraction!
I hope you enjoy Button’s progress. I photographed her for this in her garden during a bit of ball chasing. My client’s wanted a particular look on her face as she begs for the ball to be thrown again. After many many shots I caught one in focus version of that look!
Here you can see my workspace and the reference photo onscreen. I like to work from the laptop as I can zoom in and brighten areas as I work. I especially want to lighten around Button’s eye’s so we can clearly see the white areas. A bit of work in Photoshop and I’ll have a clearer look into those shadows.
This week my Facebook page made it over 7000 likes. I always celebrate milestones on there with a print giveaway. So this is Brocci helping me choose a name from the hat. Keep a lookout on my page www.facebook.com/emmacolbertart for future competitions.
We’ve done quite a bit of touring around in Denmark so far and have made it out over the Storebælt bridge to the island of Zealand where Copenhagen is. I missed a lot of these sights due to not being well but I felt a bit better for a day out in Copenhagan’s Christiania. This is an area of the city set aside to artists and over run with culture and colour. The houses there are quirky and there is a pretty laid back vibe about the place.
Picked up this beauty from one of the stalls. It’s handmade, I watched her work for a while. No two are alike and what I loved was that she started them with no plan. Just liked to see where each one went.
This area of the town has completely embraced colour and graffiti everywhere. I thought it looked beautiful. I don’t think I’d want it everywhere but I certainly wish every city would set aside an area where this entire lifestyle is embraced.
I’ve really lightened her eyes a lot and tried to bring them out more. This is the great thing about a painting. Although they are trying to be photorealistic, I hope that they can be an improvement on the photo reference.
We move on out of Copenhagen and up to the North coast where we stay at a Danish house in the country. Kirsten who had lived there as a child was open to campers coming and parking on her beautiful land. What a generous thing many Danish people do. We’ve availed of a few countryside stops but this has been my favourite. Lot of animals, flowers and sunsets.
This is a typical Danish farm house with the thatched roof. This house has been here for many years and some of the trees are hundreds of years old. It’s so nice to talk with Kirsten who knows this land so well and clearly has a passion for nature.
Thanks for visiting my blog, I hope you’ve enjoyed Button’s progression and a little tour of Denmark. Our plan for this summer was to visit more of Scandanavia but I think due to the setbacks and extra dentist expenses we’ll have to postpone that trip to another time. It’s never too annoying as we enjoy everywhere we visit. Staying in Denmark a little while longer before turning the corner Southward.
Call back soon for more arty travels! 🙂