I must be moving up in the world because I’ve graduated from canvas boards/panels to actual stretched canvases!
This one looks better as a .jpeg than it does as a painting, for some reason. I can’t say I’m incredibly happy with it, and that’s mostly because I think I started to treat the oil paint like watercolour*. I was so focused on keeping the skin pale – knowing that if I made it too dark I wouldn’t be able to fix it later, because, y’know, OILS – that I may have made this painting a little linseed-heavy. Consequently, I had tremendous trouble painting her eyes, eyelids, and eyelashes. Her hair is the only part of her which is actual meaty PAINT.
And ok, I may have exaggerated her wall-eyes.
Tomorrow: back to acrylics!
*Speaking of watercolours, I keep wondering if I should give them a go. I’m at the halfway point in the “30 in 30” challenge, and quite frankly, I’m getting a little bored**, and may need to change things up a bit.
**But honestly, how much novelty was I expecting when I decided to paint women’s faces for 30 days? Three eyes? A nose growing out the top of her forehead??
I was feeling confident (read: cocky) after my painting yesterday, and seeing as how we’re enjoying the very last of the warm weather here in Montreal, I thought that I might as well take advantage of being able to open the windows and crank out another oil painting.
And I worked, and slaved, and struggled, and cursed the day I ever decided to paint a portrait with hair (my nemesis!!!). And after great effort… it turned a corner, and it came out alright. Oh sure, there are parts that look too much like a “painting” (very obvious large brushstrokes where the unfriendly reality of oil paints reared its ugly head – i.e. you can’t paint pale over dark and get the highlight effect you’re looking for, at least not in one sitting . I swear, oil paints should simply be renamed “Can’t Undo” paints), but I’m pretty happy with it.
(Oh, who am I kidding? I’m RELIEVED, and that’s the truth of it! Daily Painting may be all about the journey and not the destination, but… at the end of the day, I really, really, REALLY wanted a pretty picture!)
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.