One of the advantages of digital painting software is that you can easily block out new ideas without wasting any paint (this is especially good for us cheapskates!). Remember this unfinished painting from the “30 Paintings in 30 Days” challenge? One of the reasons why it ground to a halt was because I had doubts about keeping the gauzy scarf around her shoulders white or if I should go with a bolder colour – forest green, for example.
To be honest, I’m liking the addition of a coloured background more than the idea of adding a scarf, so I just might keep it like this. Of course, if anyone else has an idea they’d like to share, please feel free to do so!
I think we can dispense with all pretense that I’m in any way keeping up with the “30 Paintings in 30 Days” challenge. So now that that’s out of the way, let me just say that this is my favourite “hair painting” so far. Not only did I let myself get carried away with details (so much for “daily” painting), but bonus! I also took the reference photo myself, so, FINALLY, I can claim to have created an original painting. Many thanks to my lovely and patient model, S-A, who’s probably convinced by now that she works with weirdos.
Well, I certainly have fallen behind on the “30 Paintings in 30 Days” challenge, haven’t I?
The thing is, I can’t blame it all on my 9 to 5 job (or rather, my 8 to 5 job). Yes, I’m tired when I get home from work, and then there’s supper and getting the kids ready for bed, etc, but I when I do muster the energy to paint, I always manage to get into a flow.
The main problem is WHAT I’m painting. In comparison with the face studies from the previous challenge, paintings of the back of women’s heads has the ineffable quality that I think has always been missing from work – but seeing as I never really do anything truly original, this is hardly surprising. At the end of the day, though, they’re still studies. I’m in a state of constant practice and preparation, but I never get any closer to my goal, which is to produce original work (such a scary concept!!). And I have to change that. Time to learn by doing.
Bu-u-u-u-t… maybe I’ll just finish these last 3 paintings first.
By the way, of these 3 wips, one of them is actually based on a photo I took of the receptionist at work. She’s the first person I’ve ever asked to pose for me, and she was so nice about it, too!
I regret that I made it all the way through my teens and twenties without ever getting an undershave, gutless wimp that I was (am). This painting is about as close as I’ll ever come to having that hairstyle myself…