Just put the final touches on this painting. I am really proud of myself for pulling the trigger with this painting and finishing it. I always looked at our clock and thought it would be fun to paint, but I was dragging my feet and not painting it. But now I've painted it and I'm really happy I did. It was a quick painting (only took 2 days) and I painted the entire thing from life. I've learned that nothing will ever replace painting from life and I'm going to paint from life as often as I can. The colors from life cannot be reproduced in any photograph.
I also added a sliver of light along the right side of the canvas which shows that there's another room to the right of the clock. That room, in reality, is a hallway that has more sunlight in it. With painting, just like anything else, to get results it's necessary to commit to the project. This principle applies to everything in life. Being able to commit is the most important quality.
I just finished and put my signature on this portrait of my brother, Chris. I'm really proud of it and now I'm going to wait for it to dry so I can varnish it and photograph it. I really like the expression that I captured in this portrait and the way I painted his eyes. It's hard to see in the photos, but his eyes are a hazel color with a specific color of green that I painted; I always love painting eyes. My brother's in San Fransisco now and I can't wait to show this to him when he returns.
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 just put the finishing touches on this portrait and signed it! I'm very proud of it because this represents a change in my style back to a more sincere way of painting. I always put a lot of effort into all my paintings and it's such a great feeling to see my hard work pay off. Painting portraits always represents a new challenge and I'm always looking forward to the next challenge.