I've been recently preparing for a large figural piece. It's a test of my skill level which I like to try every few years. I tried to paint a large figure about three years ago, but it crashed and burned. It didn't succeed, mainly, because I didn't prepare myself for the amount of work which a large figure requires. You really can't leave anything to chance when you paint a large figure. Even making the canvas is quite an effort.
Although I feel like I'm capable of creating a nice painting, there's always the fear that it won't go well. The reason I am trying this is because I want to push my skill level and see what I'm capable of.
Stay tuned, I'll begin painting as soon as next week..
Got a lot more done today than I thought I would. I wasn't too happy with the cartoon transfer yesterday; the sketch was so good that it made the cartoon pale in comparison. But as soon as I started painting, I was happy with the composition on the canvas. More importantly, I feel like I already have the feeling of the dog. This is a memorial portrait so I'm putting as much effort as I can to do a great job.
All I really think about when I paint is pacing myself and doing as well as I can. Never slacking or letting impatience take the better of me. Another tip is that I cleaned off my palette when I switched from painting the dog to painting the background. If you let the colors sit, then they blend together and you get mud. Also, I always stop before I want to in order to leave some of the excitement for tomorrow.
Transferred my cartoon onto my canvas, getting ready to paint tomorrow. Using an EAS Custom Canvas
Cleaned off my palette in preparation of a new study of a horse. I've been reading about Rosa Bonheur and I've never painted a horse so this is a good opportunity to learn something new. I've also been busy with EAS Custom Canvas testing out oil grounds. The more I refine the process, the more I realize how much the surface affects the final outcome. Painting on these canvases is something that I want every artist to experience.
Here's a great example of Rosa Bonheur's work: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/season/20/charleston-sc/appraisals/rosa-bonheur-the-old-pensioner-painting-ca-1875--201506T17