|Can I Be Excused?, graphite 8 x6, Thirty Minute Daily Drawing|
A thumbnail actually of a possible painting of my niece. It's not a good likeness, but it has painting possibilities. I would be willing to spend some time with her.
On The Easel:
Painting small in an hour or two is not for me. This 9 x 12 is coming along, but at a pace I can live with. An hour and a half is all I can put in in a session--and only two thirds of that is actually putting brush to canvas. The rest of the time I'm matching colors and mixing values, cleaning brushes to avoid color contamination and stepping way back to squint at my subject (a reference photo) and compare what I see through eyes half closed to what's on the canvas.
Taking photographs of work in progress is another way to step back and evaluate how a painting is going. This gal is coming to life. Her weight is firmly placed on her right leg. Her head is tilted correctly; the point where her neck meets her shoulders is in line with the hamstrings of her right leg. The skin tones on her legs need correction, but the value is right.
While this reproduction doesn't show the actual turquoise color of the sea, The roughness in the water is evident. The yellow cast in the foam and on the sand doesn't show here either. I really do need to upgrade my photo editing software. Can anyone tell me which Adobe Photoshop to buy? I shopped Light room 5--but then there's a 13 something. It was all too confusing to choose. My birthday is next week. Photoshop would be a great selfie gift.