|Beanie Girl, oil, 9" x 12", Two hour oil portrait challenge|
SHARON WRIGHT and I have made a pact: to paint one oil portrait a week in just two hours. This is my first attempt at increasing my speed of capturing a likeness, establishing a palette and mixing right-on values in a very short period of time. My California children were visiting this week, naturally I snapped a photo of Erin for the reference. The two hour sketch falls short of finish by a stroke or two, but when I reached the two hour deadline my brush came off the canvas and went into the MS for cleaning. Fun stuff-- like my thirty minute morning drawing sessions. I'm looking forward to gaining a keener eye with regards to color values and brushstroke placement. I am also hoping the challenge will renew my diminishing enthusiasm for painting, My competitive nature, my skill in portraiture and primarily my age are discouraging: so little time and so many more portraits to paint to attain satisfaction.