I worked today for a while and I'm having moments where I'm really happy with it and then other moments where I don't like it; that happens a lot during the painting process. I didn't oil out today because it wasn't completely dry from last time, but I have to remember to oil out for next time to ease the painting process.
Have a great weekend everyone!
This painting is going extremely well and I'm so happy that I restarted and am using my own style. I also set up my palette of colors based on the colors I like using. I don't like having a very complicated palette with too many colors because it makes painting feel like a chore. Painting should be fun (most of the time). Now I need to let this painting dry so I can oil out and paint again.
Here's my current color palette:
-Cadmium Yellow Light
-Chrome Yellow Deep
-Emerald Green (Veronese)
-Van Dyke Brown
Just had a sudden realization that I was "counting the strokes" with my recent commission. I was focusing on technique rather than just trying to paint. As a result of this, I'm going back to the way I used to paint early on in my career. My own technique has developed out of just purely wanting to paint; not thinking too much about the "how".
Below, are two underpaintings that are about 10 years apart. The one on the left is a self portrait from around 2010 and the one on the right is my new portrait commission that I restarted tonight. I'm going back to myself and my own way of doing things.
Really excited to be underway on my first commissioned portrait of 2019. It's a memorial portrait so I'm doing the best to capture a spirit of life and energy in the portrait. Really inspired by John Singer Sargent's portrait of Mr. and Mrs. John White Field. The size is 24" X 20", which is nice because it's not too small; I don't like painting small. Stay tuned to see it progress!