This painting was difficult because it was so hard trying to find how to really pop the flowers and push the shadows back, but also push the other side of the flowers back so there would be more depth within the flowers. I pushed the back petals by adding blues and purples, then the shadows are very purple too. Fun stuff!
This one I really need to thank Greg Newbold for helping me with (He was my mentor for my show and helped me a TON! Thank goodness for better artists!) My colors weren't matching very well for some reason, they just weren't meshing but then Greg suggested I do a glaze over the top as well as add in a few touches of color here and there to bring the painting together, following the rule of odd numbers. It completely changed with painting and added a "togetherness" to all the colors.
I had the best breakthrough on these two portraits! Especially the one right below, which was really interesting because this was the last portrait that I did for the show. Hold out until the end and then the reward comes! (: My breakthrough was that I worked from the top down so that instead of focusing on the entire shape that one stroke of paint should be, I only worried about the shape of the top and sides, then I would go back in with my next color and correct the bottom of the shape. Does that make sense? For example, on the eyes I laid down a thick dark stroke for her lashes, then went back in with the color of the iris and corrected the shape of the lashes while also laying in the shape of her iris. I worked the whole portrait this way, working down and layering one shape on top of another. I loved it!
I also had a lot of fun with the abstract shapes in the background, thanks to Mary Sauer who gave me the idea in her painting "Levi II" Thanks Mary!
This painting of Cora was really fun. I found a scrap piece of wood in my Dad's garage and drew on it first, then did the painting. It was more of a have-fun painting. I tried new techniques and was a little more relaxed with it. I wanted to try something new with a design in the background, and the colors in the portrait are unlike any portrait I have done before. It was taken with a very warm light and her orangey shirt reflected the coolest colors onto her cheek. Way fun!
On these three portraits, I wanted to try something new with patterns, so I added paper on all of them. I had so much fun and I really like how they turned out. Its so much fun experimenting and I learned new things to try on my next ones.
These two still lifes were really fun. I did a vertical design with gesso so that when I did a dry brush technique on top it left this cool vertical pattern on the ridges. I really liked it. It also accentuated the vertical design.
The show opening went really well, we had a lot of people that made it out. Thanks to everyone who came! Pics are coming soon of the opening, right now I'm just posting the new paintings. Hope you enjoy!
ALL IMAGES © ANNA EGGLESTON 2017
Graduated from BYU with a BFA. Apprenticed with world renowned artist William Whitaker. I live in Georgia with my husband and three children.