Friday, February 24, 2012

Portrait of A.

Well, my last painting hit a rough patch and I now face a do-over. So, to clear my mind, I decided to jump into a little portrait of A.

This too had a rough beginning. I trashed my first start, took a deep breath, re-watched my DVD of Jane Angelhart painting a portrait, and tried again. So far, this one is working out. I've got my fingers crossed.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Building form

I am working on a new painting -- and I've really given the paper a workout with this one. My early washes were much too aggressive, so I've done quite of bit of scrubbing with sponges and brushes to regain control.

I "know" as more detail is added, the preliminary washes will recede and feel natural, but sometimes it's difficult to "know" one thing and "feel" another.