Thursday, January 30, 2014


I have been very distracted lately. Children have been ill, my mother has moved in for a couple weeks... I've been slacking and I really have no excuse... *ahem*

I'm slowly working on my queen. You can see that I have blocked in a few areas:

In progress!

I have blocked in certain color combinations (like her dress) just to see what I think of it (I'm going with it, a red/black/white and gold.) Her hair was going to be black, but painting black hair is a bit tricky with a warmer skin tone, so I'm switching to a deep brunette with copper highlights. I got frustrated with it the other day and had to walk away before I ruined something. 

Oh, and the canvas has loosened. Now, I don't know if everyone knows this trick, but if that happens, spray some clean water on the back and blow it dry with a blow dryer on warm. Not too hot, and if there is paint on the other side, be VERY careful (if it's all painted, I don't do that anymore.) Tightens that canvas right back up like a drum!

I also finally,  finally took updated head shots for my business photos. I've been putting it off for years.  I'm just not a fan of being in front of a camera. But, for some reason I decided to do it. I hadn't planned on it, I had actually planned on making a little video showing how to tighten up the canvas instead, but I realized all my photo lights were set up, and so I went that way instead. I figure I won't have to take pictures for another five years, right?

The static in the air was a bit high today... but I figured now or never!

This is the one I went with for my business shot. I don't know WHY I have a perpetual smirk when I half-smile like that. No wonder I got grounded so much!

I think I prefer the black and white on this one.

Actually, I just love black and white better in almost every portrait I've ever taken (of myself or others when I had a photography business.)

Well, now that I got that done, I hope I'll actually get some real painting in! 


Debra She Who Seeks said...

Terrific photos!

Rhissanna said...

Thank you for the canvas tightening trick and wow, I know black & white photos have the advantage of being timeless, but your hair is so fabulous, you need to have some colour shots used! You glow! Thank you for popping over to my doll blog.

Carmen said...

Agree with Rhissanna - usually I love black & white photos but your hair is just so gorgeous it's almost criminal to hide that colour!

Love the way the canvas is coming along. You have my sympathies with the lack of time - hope the kiddies are feeling better x

Miss Val's Creations said...

Your artwork is beautiful! The queen is looking like quite a strong woman.

The professional photos are gorgeous. I agree with the others. Your hair has amazing color so the color photos are more striking.

Ellen said...

Totally agree with Carmen - gotta show off that hair color :) Can't wait to see the queen finished. I'm sure she's been ordering you to hurry it up!

Lisa Isabella Russo said...

The queen looks lovely, it's going to be incredible, it's already so lovely. Beautiful shots of you, I've been putting off taking some pictures of myself as well...

Jan said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog, Kyra. Your artwork is stunning! I looked at some of your other postings and all I can say is gorgeous!!! Also your professional portraits are very lovely.

I hope that your children are feeling better and that you and mom are having a nice visit~

Magic Love Crow said...

Your portraits are beautiful! I like them in color and in black and white, but I have to admit, black and white, gives the pictures a different feel!
Double WOW on your painting! Gorgeous! Thanks for letting us know about the trick! Never knew that!
I hope your children are better!
Take Care ;o)