|Erin Revisited, Venetian Style. Palette knife being used on background grasses. I'm working from the top down.|
|Erin using the direct, slow alla prima method.|
My selfie will be in the monochrome phase till I am satisfied with the value relationships. Working on the tank top, arms, window casing and exterior scene over last week, I realized I won't be happy with the values for a while; adjustments are constant. I needed a fresh start that would get me into the color phase before the last class, December 1st. Scumbling color to a smooth, life-like finish is why I took the class.
While this reference photo has some complex details, it doesn't have as many as the larger portrait--plus, I've gained some experience the last six weeks. I think the instructor was mistaken to have insisted upon such a large size. He recommended no canvas smaller than 24 by 30 to 'minimize drawing and perspective problems,' problems I do not have.
Meanwhile my selfie will stay in the studio where it's size and wetness is no transportation problem--especially while the art association is resurfacing their driveway and parking distances are miles from the door.
IN PROGRESS STILL: Today: window casing and forearm. Tomorrow: drapes. In the sixteenth century, artists did do monochromes a section at a time. Contemporary artists work all over the canvas. That doesn't work well with the Venetian Technique. I suspect working the canvas in small sections, establishes the proper values faster and cuts .adjustments down to a few at the finish? Working section by section on Erin will be enlightening--no pun intended--hell yes, pun intended!
|Confined to Studio till the parking lot is finished.|