I just put the finishing touches on this large portrait. I'm really proud of it, but I always get a little sad when I finish a painting. It's like coming to the end of a journey that has ups and downs. The only cure to this feeling is to begin a new painting. I still have to sign this one and then I'll varnish it once it's totally dry.
I spent today cleaning up and refining more details and the overall values. The overall value structure of a painting is really important and I always try to balance the lights, mid-tones and darks. The best tip I have for balancing value is to squint a lot while you paint. Squinting helps to keep the values accurate.
I should be able to finish this painting in the next session and then let it dry before I sign it and varnish it.
I made some good progress today on this portrait. I've always loved painting reflected surfaces and I'm having a lot of fun painting Peanut's eyes and the lamp and bowling pin in the background; the bowling pin was added because Peanut's owner is an avid bowler. I should be able to finish this work in a couple more painting sessions!