In the next 3 weeks I’ll be working on a portrait. It will be 18X24 inches, with color! Yes, real color, not just monochromatic or 3-4 colors like I used before.
I’ve worked on a few studies this past week as preparation for this painting to allow me to work methodically during this pose.
Here are the drawing and the color study:
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If the painting turns out well, I shall post an image of the final result 3 weeks from now 😀
More news from the front rows of the battlefield: I’ll be discarding my monochromatic painting of a skull which I’ve been working on for 3 months and starting over. Yes, starting over. Too many mistakes, too many re-do’s and doodoo’s. Start anew.
This project taught me a few things, mostly what NOT to do.
- Don’t work into an area you haven’t oiled out.
- Don’t work into an area without matching the existing paint first.
- Don’t work all over the place, work one area at a time.
- Don’t “improve” areas before seeing how they fit in the big picture (this is what my instructor said and I’ll be darned, I think he’s right).
- Don’t be afraid of long-term projects. Like, seriously, girlfriend, what is your problem?
- Beware of a subconscious “To-Do” list; it can blind you to seeing what’s actually in front of you.
Regarding the “To-Do” list: It was an interesting discovery to realize it exists and how it affects my work. My subconscious would decide that I do some systematic error, and before you know it I was making the opposite error all over in an attempt to compensate. Conclusion: Just look at what’s in front of me, the rest of the “advisers” must realize their secondary position. When it comes to decision making, I’m the boss.