This took six visits. This is definitely outside my comfort zone. I prefer to get a more abbreviated impression in one shot. Doing this teaches me lessons though. When I revisit a location over multiple days for one painting I really enjoy it more when they’re big canvases and big brushes. This one is pretty small and I switched to little brushes after the second day. I didn’t touch this at all at home. I decided to end it because this spanned about a month and if I waited any longer I’d get sucked into painting spring greens on all the trees. I also have a lot of other locations around here I haven’t painted yet.
Surfers End, oil, 10×20″
And this is an animation of all six days. Hopefully it works for you.
At figure group today the model had a unique hair cut. That was a fun change of pace.
I went out to run some errands this morning and stopped by the wildlife refuge for a quick watercolor sketch.
Going to figure groups is the only way I can ensure that I will paint lately. If I don’t go, I won’t paint. So I keep going.
The rest were 20 minutes.
Another day floundering after a decent figure sketch. I think the shorter, the better.
20 minutes. The rest of these are on larger paper. When they get bigger I forget to step back so my larger ones always suffer more from drawing errors.
Two 20 minute sessions. I think the longer I spend on one of these the worse they look.
I was home to visit my parents in New Jersey last week and painted a couple of sketches. First, some fog on the canal. I don’t know why I included the mill. It’s very pretty but isn’t the kind of painting I’m after. I really liked the fog areas though and wish I’d just focused on those.
I hate painting trees. I guess that’s ironic being a landscape painter. I tried to find something interesting about one anyway.
Then I came home and spent a few hours with one of the figure groups here. A 5 minute warm up:
The rest were 20 minute poses:
The last pose was only 10 minutes to use up the remaining time.
Tan lines are wonderfully fun to paint. Luckily our model had just returned from vacation!
I got to spend my Valentine’s Day with a naked lady! All 20 minute poses. This was the only one I didn’t hate.
Figure group today. About 45 minutes on the front.
And about 40 minutes on the back.
Yesterday I got out in the morning for a plein air.
Here are some recent sketches. Still not much time to paint lately, but a little time to sketch is better than no time at all. I got out to do a plein air last week:
Here’s a 2 hour pose in acrylic.
And some 20 minute poses in watercolor. Sorry for the bad photos, but posting these has gotten to be a waste of time.