Continued with this painting for another session today. I spent all week looking at it and realized how wrong the values were. It was too light in the shadow areas, so the first thing I did today was darken the legs and face. I’m happier with it now. Darkening the rest of the background helped establish the lighting too. I ended up repainting almost everything.
Figure group today. This is day one of a two day pose. I don’t know yet if I’ll continue working on this one or not. I may take watercolors next time instead.
Last year I planted some irises with the sole intention of painting them. I waited a year before they finally bloomed this week. I started painting them outside with watercolors but it began to rain heavily for a couple of days. The blossoms started bowing over until they were almost touching the ground so I thought I’d prop them up. In the process of trying to rescue them I accidentally snapped one stalk right off! I was very upset so I’m trying to paint them inside before they die. These were done one on Saturday morning and one today (Sunday morning) before my kids woke up.
They’re nothing great and I’m actually more interested in painting the glass, but part of me is feeling better that they snapped off because it’s given me more opportunities to paint them.
Today I tried two different techniques. On the left I didn’t do any drawing before starting the painting. I tried to find the drawing as I worked. On the right I started with a simple line drawing. You can see a bit of it in the jacket. The one on the right is probably more accurate because of this, but the process on the left is more like how I’d work with oils or acrylics. I’m not bound to the foundation of a pencil drawing because with watercolors the pencil drawing always shows through.
I didn’t have much time to work today but did this little sketch in my sketchbook that I’m pretty happy about.
This was something new for me. I painted this entirely from my smaller sketches. I didn’t use photo reference and I didn’t take it outside to work on site. It’s more idealized than my usual paintings done from observation. This was also my first time trying a watercolor so large. I don’t think it’s too bad for a first try and I’ll give it another shot soon. The biggest difficulty for me was continuing with an idea I had already painted multiple times.
Garden Variety, watercolor, 18×24″
Today our figure group worked from a costumed model. Oils.
Went to the beach for a quick weekend. Did one painting.
I took a still life setup outside to paint it in a landscape in sunlight. What a pain in the ass! I don’t think I’ll probably do this again. I started it weeks ago and between bad weather and domestic responsibilities it took much longer than I expected. There’s a lot more I’d like to do on it but I just can’t get enough time at the right time of day consistently to maintain my momentum (and the daffodils are dying). This morning I rushed to just wrap it up. Paintings like this make me consider painting more from photos despite my aversion to them.
I went to the Brandywine River Museum today to see an egg tempera demonstration done in Andrew Wyeth’s studio. Of course afterwards I pressed my nose against his watercolors in the museum as I always do, and I can never come away from there without the urge to paint. So I painted this quickly after I got home but before the school buses started bringing the kids home.