November 18, 2014

Portrait of Susan II

So, as I'd mentioned in my previous post I've been working on this piece for several nights. It's still a work in progress and it's been a bit of a struggle given that I only have a few hours a night to devote to it. It's mainly an issue because I prefer to keep the paint as wet as possible and because of my limited time some areas will dry faster than is ideal for me. The pattern for the dress, for example, was quite the challenge. Maintaing some sense of form under her skirt with all those shapes, as well as the concern that it's busyness might detract from the focal point were considerations that took a lot of concentration to overcome. I hope it worked. Overall it was at times either tortuous or hugely pleasurable to do.
Anyway, even though there are some areas that will require some massaging I thought I'd go ahead and post it anyway since this is for sure the most total time I've spent on a painting since I've started up this blog. I will post an update later after I've added my adjustments.

Oh, also in this particular shot you can hardly make out anything in the background. It's not 100% black. In person there are folds of drapery that can be seen but the camera it seems just can't quite pick them up.

Oil on Canvas - 18 x 24

November 14, 2014

Portrait of Susan

It's been a while since I've posted anything here. But it's not because I haven't been busy painting. 

I recently had a model come over and set her up in a pose that is a little more, shall we say, ambitious?
I've been spending more time on that painting than I believe any other I've ever done. There have been some ups and downs and it's really taken a lot of concentration to figure out a plan of attack in certain parts. That plus the battle with tightening up over doing a more finished piece. I've not been 100% successful in that regard, but it's ok. It's been a learning experience and I'm still kind of excited about it.

In the meantime I'm posting this study from this Friday's open studio. I feel pretty good about this one. I used some palette knife in the background and feel it's a good direction that I want to go in.

Oil on Canvas Paper - 12 x 16

P.S. Stay tuned for the above referenced painting to come.