Tuesday, January 5, 2016


JIM McDOWELL stage 1

This is the beginning of a digital painting of my wonderful friend, Jim, who passed away this year from cancer.  Working on this brings back warm memories and is very therapeutic.   It is going to take a lot more time than the other pieces I have done so far because it is more complicated.  I am experimenting with layers.  This one is expanding on my working knowledge of different brushes, opacities, saving colors, how to hold the stylus etc.  I was very frustrated at one point because I couldn't get the stylus Pencil to make a mark on the tablet.  I kept rechecking the settings and tried all sorts of changes.  I finally figured out I wasn't holding the stylus at the correct angle.  These devices are amazing but require one to spend some quality time acquiring some mastery.  Learning is always fun.  I don't think I will run out of opportunities for learning anytime soon.  

When I am satisfied with the results, I will send the digital file to his daughter.  They can then print out copies for any family member they wish.  


RH Carpenter said...

What a lovely man! Love the life in his face, the eyes, the red in his cheeks - makes me think he was an Irishman - I see his name, so a Scotsman :) You've really captured something special here in this portrait and I admire your learning on all digital media!

Myrna Wacknov said...

Rhonda, thank you for your comments. Most of the time how I feel about the subject shows up and I think this is true for this painting. Jim was a very entertaining storyteller, charming and full of humor. I am delighted that this is coming through. I hope to finish it in the next day or two.

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