For this session I was determined to be focused, stay calm and take the time needed to get it right.
Over these past 1400 + days I’ve been confronted over and over again with one truth in my art. My health, the way I feel and the state of my mind before and during a session is directly linked to my success as an artist.
In my earlier years as an artist (pre 2013) I lacked direction and organization. But, as I have matured as an artist I have seen the need for establishing a method.
Every day that I do another figure start I learn a little more about what works best for me. Today I learned that starting out with thin paint works very well for me.
Continuing with my focus on starting a figure painting I’m inspired by a Steve Huston video from New Masters Academy where it is all about big shapes.
For today’s session, I wanted to focus on color. In the previous session I blocked in the figure with colors that were too muddy and close to gray so I wanted to fix that.
The addition of oil paint to this figure is going well at least for the value, but right after finishing this session I realized that I had painted the colors with entirely too much gray.
The plan on this one was to do another figure start but I got lost in the drawing and ended up spending the whole two hours on just drawing. I think this may end up being a longer figure painting.
This figure start went much smoother because I started the drawing in pencil before beginning painting. I may have to continue with this method.
For my third figure start I didn’t want to make the figure too small so I ended up cropping half of the model off the page. With this session I find that I still struggle the most with setting up the initial drawing.