This is the last time I work on this figure painting for over a week. I’m going to let it dry then work into it with some transparent layers.
So this figure painting is progressing much differently than my previous. I’m doing some research on Rembrandt’s methods and trying to employ some of his techniques.
I find it interesting that for this figure painting and the few previous I’ve been drawing completely differently than I did with drawing board and newsprint. I’ve slowed down a lot, and I’ve begun to measure much more. I’m not sure yet if this is a good or a bad thing.
Most of the work I did today was on setting up for the next figure painting. I gessoed some sheets of paper, applied an oil ground then began to draw. It doesn’t sound like much but all of that took me about 3 hours.
I’m happy to finished with this figure in oil painting, I’m also happy that I stuck with it for so long. One thing I really need to work on is longevity for individual paintings, most of my finished work is finished in under 3 hours.
I can’t help but take my time on this figure in oil. I’m not sure why I’ve become so detailed in this painting but I’m planning on seeing it through to the end. I hope that my next session will be the last.
Today was so busy that art had to wait till 8 at night. I wanted to have much more time on the third session for this figure in oil painting but it just could not happen. I worked on it but I should have recognized my mood and shortened the session.
I’m really taking my time with this figure in oil continued from yesterday. It has been a long time since I’ve had a second session with a painting and I still have a ton of motivation to continue working on it. I hope to finish it in one more session but if it goes longer then that is fine.
Step one in my current figure in oil process begins with a charcoal drawing of the reference. I spent two hours on this drawing focusing hard to get it correct. The success of the entire painting depends on getting this step correct. In representational art drawing is paramount.
This may be the best figure in oil that I have done this month. It feels so good to figure out the materials that I like using most and from here on I think I will make slight adjustments.