Ay yi yi I’ve been looking at too many unfinished paintings lately. They were started weeks ago and then were left waiting because of a cold snap (too cold to paint with the studio doors open) and there has been a lot of business to take care of, delivering purchased paintings, planning a spec photo shoot for a portrait that, if it turns out as I hope, will be entered in portrait salon competition, a 2 day photography workshop, and studying colour by Chevruel so it feels good to get back to painting the last few mornings, chipping away at the queue of faces and physiques that ‘look’ at me every day.
This afternoon the focus was on Jess II. Below (lower image) is where I started and above it is where I finished after a couple hours. I like what’s happening in front of her trapezius muscle, I can feel the hollow there while the near shoulder looks quite rough and ill formed – not for long.
I’m at the stage with this one where applying flat colours defines the values more and I’m aiming towards flesh tones. The background is still atrocious and I’ll get to it later. This is the largest painting to date, 65″ x 40″ and it took 2 sessions to effect the evolution you see below on the right. It’s not about hurrying, I could have used larger brushes but didn’t, sometimes it’s just nice to caress the canvas and take my time.
This painting moved along more briskly today than yesterday. The darkest areas do not photo well when wet, looking too light, but they are fine – trust me!
Sublime is posted on my website home page slide show, also in the Boutique with a price for those interested. Original work Reproduction on canvas
It’s been a slow go on this painting lately. Yesterday’s efforts seemed to cover little ground because I haven’t painted for a few days and on those days I could feel the connection to this painting grow thinner. Yesterday I couldn’t get into the flow of it but painted anyway; felt like I was fumbling around in the dark. This morning was different, I could see that I hadn’t gone too far off track yesterday, sigh, and moved forward. Both arms and foreground getting close. There is still refining to do on the torso and background, maybe another 1-2 sessions and the finish line will be in sight!!
The plan was to get this pretty much done today and after 2.5 hours I took a walk and a break – turned on the computer and saw I was scheduled to watch an all-day workshop and had missed 2 hours!!! So the brushes had a quick bath and the rest of the day was spent workshopping not painting.
Didn’t get nearly as far as I had hoped to, but it is further along. The darkest areas are not photographing well when wet …
Put some refining touches on the head and then dove into the upper arm and moved down to his chest and out to the right elbow, just blocking and massaging form at this point.
Below a couple stages of todays work
Winter is here today – wind, cold and snow – at least that was the state of it outside when I threw open the studio doors and window so I could paint without wearing the air filtering mask. Wrapped up in layers and tying my painting apron over top, with my extra set of eyes (glasses) the paint was squeezed out and I painted for several hours. The studio temps dropped and with cold fingers I kept on. One of these days we will figure out an air circulation system, so this no longer is what painting feels like during the winter months.
As I write this, the sun is shining and the snow level is just above the tree line on Harper Mountain.
The mornings work took the piece to a near finished state of his face.