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.
I’ve had an epiphany. There are many ways to accomplish any task and a particular way of doing a task that works best for any individual. Finding that specific path to completion, knowing your mind, is what we all struggle with daily.
I spent two hours doing a general underpainting for the whole bottom half of this figure painting. There is still a few hours of work that needs to be done with the legs and hands but it’s nice to see it coming together.
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 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.
Every time I come back to my palette the mixed paint is dry. I believe that I have remixed piles of colors for this figure painting every session. At first, I was thinking it was too wasteful, but I decided differently.
Now I’m to a point where I can begin painting this female figure. Unfortunately, I really don’t have a plan for starting a figure painting like this. So, I spent about an hour floundering around with paint and left the easel a bit frustrated.
I’m not sure if I will return to my previous figure painting. I was attempting something different and I really wasn’t excited about the look of it. Today I started a new painting of a female figure in a style similar to my previous figure paintings on gray.