|Three Stiffs. My Guys in my last post of this painting in progress.|
|My Guys today, after a weekend researching gestural portraiture online|
I have enough of a likeness of the guys that I feel pretty confident that I will be able to maintain it or get it back if I lose it as I continue to loosen up with the medium and move the portrait more towards the loose feeling of a sketch. I'm just starting to go back into their features automatically melding them with the background. I'm a bit apprehensive, but paint and learn.
I learned over the weekend that it is gestural portraiture that interests me, not rendered portraiture. I never knew there were two classifications! I learned the terms while looking at the summer workshops being offered at the local art association. Gestural Portraiture was scheduled for a four day workshop in August.
Before getting my credit card, I watched a couple of gesture portraiture videos on YouTube. Jeffery R. Watts had a good one for six minutes, promoting his four hour course on DVD (below). Being a lazy son-of-a-gun, I thought well maybe a DVD course would do it? Then I decided: in person, me painting a live model for 26 hours with input was the way go. A quick, intense workshop might pay off with a lot less time, paint and canvases wasted? I haven't registered as yet, though. I still have to research the instructor and see some of her work, before I commit.
If there's any improvement in this painting, it's in the fact that I've stopped thinking while painting and started just reacting. One brush stroke is dictating the next. I owe that to my six minutes with Jeff. If I'm making any errors, I'll work them out. I do like the liveliness of gesture drawing.
--I need a larger brush--and maybe a couple of cat tongues? I have no idea how to clean my solvent jar either. But something must be done; it's gooky. Yuk. Not down my drain!