|Erin, 9 1/2" x 12 1/2", oil. So close to color she can smell the paint.|
Over these last weeks with the Venetian Technique, old and new techniques merged nicely last week. While developing patience, control, an eye for values, skill with flat bristle brushes and tiny, multiple zero numbered sable brushes and the mahl stick, standing at the easel. instead of sitting, holding the long handle brushes at arms length. instead of gripping it up close pencil style and backing up and squinting often, remained part of the dance. Energetic brushwork was not sacrificed. It showed up between the sunglasses and Erin's left shoulder. Alla prima palette knife free hand work worked well in the background. Years of drafting, eliminated the distortion that comes automatically with grid drawing. The smaller size made the monochrome layer not very demanding. I would have been into color three or four days ago, if I hadn't decided to have my carpets, upholstery and windows cleaned for the holidays.