I'm not a sidestepping politician, yet I've been dancing a little sidestep around the portrait I promised to do--first doing the hand study, then doing a close up of the two heads, then getting reacquainted with oils by attempting a portrait of Erin.
I procrastinated again yesterday when I rejected the canvas I had ordered; it was too big. So I went back to working on Erin till I couldn't stand my sidestepping another minute. It was late in the afternoon, but I went to the supply store anyway and bought the appropriate size. By the time I got home, I was out of studio time and excuses, but all set to move ahead in the morning.
This afternoon,the cartoon has been made and is ready for some washes, (yet I sit here sidestepping again). While my get acquainted studies have paid off, I'm still nervous. This is the first portrait I'm doing of children who are not my blood and who have parents who think they are the most precious,most beautiful kids in the world. I do hope I can do these babies with the same feeling of tenderness I have for Erin.