After my self-portrait, I had a little spate of bad luck art-wise. While January was a really productive month, February has been one failed art experiment after another. I’m also trying to pep-talk myself back into picking up an actual paint brush and committing to a decent-sized canvas, but it’s slow-going for now. I’ve had this digital re-paint of my very first acrylic paint from 2016 on the back-burner for a few months now, and because it’s good for morale to actually FINISH things, this seemed like the perfect time to wrap it up.
When I look back on the original painting, I’m struck by how every single brush stroke looks nervous and hesitant. I had internalized so much negativity from my time at art school that it’s a miracle I’d managed to paint anything at all. I may not be as productive, nor as consistent, as I’d like to be, but I’m proud of how far I’ve come since this first painting.
I seriously considered uploading this one to today’s (or yesterday’s) “30 in 30” page, but I thought that would be dishonest of me. This painting was started way back on September 16, but I’ve worked on it here and there since then, so technically, it can no longer qualify as “a painting a day”. It’s too bad because I’m actually quite proud of it and would love to show it to a wider audience.
I’m particularly happy with the blue highlight on her nose! 😉
I swear to you that I set out to produce something fast, loosey-goosey, and sketchy… and I crumbled and started smoothing things out again (which was actually pretty difficult to do over all that paint).
I also realized that I’m STARVING for colour, so… Barbie Pink backgrounds for everyone!
May have to re-work this piece. It looks fine large, but as a thumbnail, well, I find that the errors are more apparent.
Yes, I’m a bit behind in the “30 in 30” challenge, but I have a solid excuse: I came down with the flu on Friday, and haven’t had the energy to paint since then.
Actually, that’s not entirely true. I did start a painting on Friday, but I was a) too sick to finish it, and b) so wrapped up in the details that I felt it deserved to be done properly. I even tried to finish it Saturday night, but there’s still so much work to be done. You can see a WIP of it on my Instagram feed.
This also highlights a particular problem I’m having with the “30 in 30” challenge: when given the opportunity, I will always hone in on the details. But of course, a finished portrait has to take more into account than eyelashes or the shine on the lips. You have to pay attention to the Big Picture. Also, each painting ends up taking WAY too long!
For today’s painting, I forced myself to keep a more loose and “sketchy” look. I still haven’t achieved it to my satisfaction, but I’m getting there!
What works for me:
the limited colour palette
the “patchier”, less refined paint strokes
her blue hair, just because
What doesn’t work for me:
the brush strokes of the hair, but then, you know how I hate dealing with hair…
What I learned with this painting:
Ultra Matte Medium is great, but maybe what I really need is Ultra Matte Gel?