I felt that yesterday’s painting was a bit of a disaster, so I decided to give it a second shot – and make it just as fussy and smooth as I originally wanted it to be. I definitely like this one a LOT more, but it took wa-a-ay too much time to complete. If I’m going to keep up the Challenge, I’ll have to develop a faster working method!
What I’m happy with:
- You want the honest truth? I’m happy with almost all of it! I tried really hard not to stray too far from the reference image, and I think it came out alright!
What I’m less happy with:
- lack of unified paint texture. Sometimes I gooped it on and it looks opaque, sometimes it looks watercolour-y. It’s the mark of an amateur, so… gotta work on that.
What I learned with this painting:
- too much Titanium White can tip a painting’s flesh tones over into “zombie” territory pretty quickly. Proceed with caution!
- as much as I enjoy working with a painting propped up in my lap, all that sitting allows me to forget to take a step back every now and then, and that is dangerous!
My Interior Monologue While Painting – a play in three acts:
me: Ok! Enough of this stylistic garbage! I’m going to paint the way I want to paint and prove to myself that I can DO THIS! [begins painting]
me (halfway through): Oh God! This is terrible! I can’t paint AT ALL! [keeps painting]
me (holding my precious new bundle of painting joy): Hunh. That wasn’t so bad. Ok, maybe I *can* do this after all. In fact, I’m going to do it all again tomorrow!! [promptly forgets all about painting woes until the next day]