The current model that I’m painting is very thin and provides a great opportunity for studying anatomy while painting.
Im working slowly now, I’ve got my focus back and I’m sensitive to the subtle changes in the figure.
I’ve written about focus many times here and I feel it is most necessary when painting. Unfortunately for today’s session I could only achieve an unfocused block-in.
I just worked on refining the head and neck trying to think about the skull and muscles.
I get so caught up in trying to match value, color, drawing and edges that I forget that I should be also thinking about structure.
Today is another beginning to a new figure painting in oil and I’m still trying to iterate the process and improve.
I wouldn’t call this painting a “break through” but I will call it a small step forward. With this one work I’ve changed my thought process slightly, but I expect the slight shift to make a huge difference in the future.
In an attempt to achieve a feeling of structure and volume in the figure I just made a lot of small changes to what I worked on previously.
Continuing with this painting and my influence by Robert Liberace I’m seeing more values and colors in the body. I may be pushing it a bit at the moment but I believe that subtlety comes with experience.