Yesterday I determined that I was getting much too detailed with this painting and I wasn’t focusing on the simple shapes. So, the best way to force me to simplify was to do a Gouache study of the painting before continuing work on the oil painting.
I’m continuing with the preliminary charcoal drawing of this figure before I start back into the oil painting again today. The idea is to construct the top left of the torso in charcoal then take that knowledge gained over to the oil painting.
I started the painting session today with a preliminary drawing. I wanted to step back a bit before working more on this figure painting and figure out exactly how the form of the body moves in space.
Focus was a struggle today. I worked an hour on this figure painting today and I was finding it hard to stay awake.
I actually brought my oil paints to the life drawing session today. I was nervous at first but as soon as I saw the model’s pose from my seat I was confident that I could turn out a good oil sketch.
This is the first start to a figure painting that I actually feel as if I’m in control. The few paintings previous had haphazardous starts without direction.
With the second session on this new figure painting I’ve spent a total of three hours just making sure I get the drawing exact. I know that this will pay off for the rest of the painting.
Now it is time to do a lengthy painting of the other sex. I’m thinking that a male figure painting will be much easier than a female figure painting.
After eleven sessions on this female figure painting from a photograph, I’m finished. I’m very pleased with the finished painting with some reservations on the composition.
I feel as though I’m not getting enough focus on time daily on this figure painting. I’m at session 10 now and I’m sure I could have been done with this painting days ago if I could carve out 3 hours a day.