I have been working on my signature a bit recently and have found that I really love having a signature that looks perfectly imperfect. To me, there's a certain magic to painting that has the personal touch still left in it. I think I find it magical because it's an image created by my hand and not by a computer. Paintings are real things and have a life of their own that our digital age can't duplicate.
This painting is all done and I can't wait to varnish it and deliver it to my patron!
I thought that I was done with this commission, but the bowling pin in the background didn't have the correct highlight on the top. It was a small thing that I had to correct, but it always troubles me until it feels right. The funny thing is that no one will ever even know that I made that small change. It's a never-ending quest and it doesn't end until I have the feeling like it's good enough.
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!