One of my latest projects started out from a sketch that I did of myself. I did several sketches that day, and didn't think too much more about it. Then I started watching untold hours of the British show "Portrait artist of the Year" and decided to try painting again! I liked the pose in the sketch, but I needed a color reference and a more interesting set up. I noticed the great shadows from our blinds and decided they would make for an interesting "texture" for a painting, so I took a reference photo
I then broke out my acrylic paints - be still my soul and quit your yearning for the smell and smoothness of oil paints. I do not want to fill our home with turpentine and oil smells, or chance the ruination of the rental property that is our abode. I also work fairly quickly, so acrylics help me not to over work as much. Finding a "Stay Wet" palette has also been a real life changer. So I began to paint. It was fun, and here is the result.
Drawing is a release, a lesson, and an exercise for both the eye and the hand. I try to do as much as I can. I love drawing people. I like the wide variety of shapes and sizes of one particular subject. I like how it involves my observation as well as my hand..
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