|Day three, practice portrait in progress, 8 x 10", oils|
I keep looking in the mirror, watching for what is going to fall next? Last year it was my neck. The year before, my jowls. Then my ear lobes and--well lets not talk about the girls. It appears I'm melting. The glamour gal in stilettos and mini dress is down somewhere around my ankles. How sad. So did I compensate my physical breakdown with some grandiose birthday gift? A bracelet? A ring? Something sparkly? No. I bought the neatest bamboo plein air easel that folds down into a suitcase 26 x 16 x 6", has a retractable handle and wheels. I can hardly wait for it to arrive. It looks suitable for oils-- as well as pastels. Plein air, might be best suited for pastels? That's usually the medium I grab when I go outside on the deck.
|Self Portrait With Hat, 16 x 20", Charcoal|
This hat might make a good plein air hat?
I didn't get a stool. I might need a stool? I might need a large clip-on umbrella? Who knows? I will, after I set the thing up and see what it's about. I paint standing, so sitting is just for resting and the less to shlep, the better. A whole new world of wonder will open up as soon as the UPS guy gets here. I'm hoping Saturday. My BD is Sunday. I need time to wrap.
The first little head of the year is coming along too. Today was more rewarding. I
abandoned monochromatic and went for full color. I seem to do better with values using color than scales of gray. After wiping off my colored pencil drawing with mineral spirits, I also dampened the back of the second little canvas I started yesterday with water, and left it to dry while I painted on the original canvas I had wiped clean. Leaving the studio, I checked it out; the canvas was a bit tighter--but wedges would really do the trick.
I'm contemplating having my own little painting challenge: a practice 8 x 10" portrait a week. Since I started this one on Tuesday, I have till Tuesday to finish it. I'll see. Working a portrait on a small canvas is really intensive and makes me a little bit jumpy.
|I hope I'll be ready to roll?|