My palette, for P&P
This photo was taken on Thursday, but I didn't get a chance to post. I mix my paint on a glass frame. I've been using this method for a few weeks now, and I'm really enjoying it. Did you notice? It's a new frame (I accidentally cracked the other one). I like this one better as it's bigger and has a very pretty frame.
Day 7 of 29 Faces
I started by mapping out the composition, following John Howard Sanden's 29 Steps. This one is a self portrait, they are really tough to do, have you experienced that? I really struggled with getting the foundations right, this photo is the second version, I had to wipe out what I first did as the proportions were all wrong. In Sanden's book he mentions that Sargent apparently had no problem wiping out his work (often several times) and starting fresh and he urges his students to do the same if the under painting is not structurally sound - I'm paraphrasing of course :) I'm not sure of his exact words.
Day 8 of 29 Faces
I Blocked in the dark and mid tones. I really long for the day when I can do a portrait in one sitting, I see lots of inspiring videos of other artist doing it (and Sanden does his studies in one and half hours) and to think, this is sitting two and it's still not even close!
Day 9 of 29 FacesI might regret this in the morning, but I just could not resist to take a photo of the progress on my self portrait. I know the photo quality is bad, the conditions were bad, wet oil and un-natural light make for really horrible photos, and usually I would not put this out there with my name on it, but I just couldn't resist sharing, as I'm a little behind on the 29 Faces as it is. It's day 11.
I'm also sharing with my friends over at Paint Party Friday. Do go and visit, there are so many wonderful creative folk who share and artist Stephanie Corder (an exceptional painter) is being interviewed this week over on the blog for PPF, do check it out, her work is incredible!
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