Thursday, March 8, 2012
So I had another doctor's appointment early this morning. I don't know where my head was at six months ago when I scheduled two doc appointments in one week, on consecutive days, first thing in the morning. I must have been out of my mind. At least today, I knew about it. They called to remind me.
Since I haven't been designing or building anything over the last year, I rarely look at my calendar. As far as I'm concerned, I'm retired from the building industry. I'm on my own clock and my work is in my studio. As much as I liked designing residential spaces, I love painting more. When it goes well, I'm thrilled. When it doesn't, I'm the only one who is going to bitch about it.
Today was better than yesterday. I felt more at ease with the oils. I found a favorite brush--the slanted one seems to have a lot of strokes to offer. I've also decided whatever brushes I end up favoring, I need two of them: one, for the paint; one kept clean for blending.
The difficulties I'm having with this self portrait are due to the complicated lighting in the reference photograph. I have only myself to blame. In the photograph, there are two major light sources. One, is the natural white light coming from the window on the right. The other is incandescent light from an alcove on the left. I should have turned off the light in the alcove to keep things simple. But the two lights together are challenging with regards to the colors of the shadows and that's what's holding my interest. For better or worse, I'm sticking with this little painting. What's a few eggs busted on the way to enlightenment?