I have been working hard on a series of larger paintings. I find that I need to work on several paintings at a time to avoid over working. I become obsessive about painting and before I know it, I should have stopped an hour before. I like to have a fresh eye and working on several at once helps this. So I have about four paintings in various stages. While I am working on all of these different paintings, I sometimes decide I need to concentrate further on some aspect, i.e. lighting, capturing the expression on the face with minimal detail or perhaps draping with the minimum of strokes. I decided that the way to achieve this without adding to my stash of paintings was to paint a small 6X8 study and work on the aspect that needs my focus. Today, it was expression and minimizing the strokes. I would love to know what you think.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
I am going to try to be better about updating on the site. I have struggled with staying on top of all the social media. I really spend more time painting than anything else. Yesterday I went to the Cincinnati Art Museum with a couple of friends and painted for about 3 1/2 hours on a Sorolla. It was such a good experience. I really concentrated on two things. I wanted to keep the lights light on the face and capture the colors that he used as close as possible. I left the museum feeling like I had received a lesson from a master. I really would like to paint like this more frequently but like social media, my studio work will pile up and I need to focus there also.