Sunday, August 4, 2013

Little Head #3--Technically

Little Head Practice #3--Technically

It's really number 2 if you count how many canvases I've used. But, I worked on number one for two quicky sessions, so this is number three.  This is JD too--but he's not really himself.  Maybe tomorrow? Probably not; I'll move on.  The position of his head in the photo I used is very different than the position of his head in the larger canvas I'm doing. He looks like a different boy.  The change threw me a bit.  But I am getting the practice I need with oils and gestural painting through this little exercise of little heads done quickly.  This was a half hour session with a lot of superletives muttered and a few thumb smears.  I should have stopped at twenty minutes, but time does fly when you're having fun. 

6 comments:

  1. Practice really does make perfect. I have such a difficult time practicing anything- but it is so necessary to making progress in form and technique.
    Hope you get your knee straightened out soon. I agree about it taking years to learn "I don't know". Some folks never reach that level of maturity.
    I never realized until I got fifty, that maturing socially and emotionally is an ongoing ordeal. We really do get wiser as we get older. Ideally anyway.

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    1. Practice. Practice. Practice. Isn't it all practice? These little heads should have been going on since I chose portraiture as a focus--ESPECIALLY being
      a novice with oils, the genre, alla prima and the gestural style. So practice. Practice. I'll be a "Practicing Artist," an artist in practice, a doctor of portraiture. :-))

      My knee is a go for September 10th. I'm scheduled for a MAKOplasty, a half knee replacement, which means the cartilage only will be replaced. Everything else is fine in there; they saw that when they did the arthroscopy last January. The seventeenth of August I'm having a pre-op CT scan and
      they will do the blood work. And I'm set to go. IF THAT GAL WILL MAIL THE PACKET with the blood script; the hospital got the script for the CT. . If I don't get it today, I'm going over to the doc's office in the flesh. That script in my hand, I'm ready. By Septemer 24th I expect to be mobile and actively
      doing my PT stretches and muscle building exercises. That's the scoop.

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  2. Wow, you have been busy. I am so impressed with your practise heads. First, because I can never bother to do such a thing and second because each one has captured JD, to a greater or lesser degree, but he's definitely there. And, thirdly, because you don't mess about, do you?

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    1. Well, it finally dawned on me that I'm actually a beginner when it comes to painting in oils--and in painting portraits. I'm fine with charcoal and pencil--drawing materials--a novice with oils. I do just fine when I use the grid system and carefully draw in the figure, but I used to paint with oils best when I blocked out the figure alla prima. That's where I'd like to go. As far as JD, I worked on him again today, because I did get close, but not cigar. Then I thought what for? It's a practice head; I'm training my eye/hand for accuracy. Get on with it.

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  3. Such a good idea to paint the small "throw-aways"; gaining skill with oils, terrific.

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    1. I need it. I haven't paid my dues. A few thousands heads should cover the debt!

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