|Roy Wright, oil, 6" x 8"; Two Hour Oil Challenge #2; reference photo by Sharon Wright|
My son and his family checked out and went back home across the country; our house is ours again.
Ellis and I spent the last couple of days putting things back in order--stripping beds, washing linens and towels, emptying the frig of stuff you only stock for a crowd not yet concerned about nutrition or health--with that done, the challenge Sharon and I have taken on got me back down to the studio anxious to try another fast portrait in oil.
|Reference photo by Sharon Wright|
I reread Richard Schmid's descriptions of the various starts and decided the Full Color Accurate Block-In was best suited to me. It allowed me to draw, albeit lightly, on the untoned canvas and was conservative with paint on the get-go to allow drawing corrections along the way. So, that's how I started Roy.
Hour two, my impatience stepped in and the brushstrokes became full fledged brushstrokes, not scumble scribbles. An accurate likeness was no longer important. My color mixings became frenzied and Roy became Any Guy. While likeness suffered, I thoroughly enjoyed myself and I'm grateful to Sharon for having thought of this.