I was pretty happy with the first washes I put down ... but I didnt know what to do next. Next night, I plunged in: bad idea.
It might have been salvageable but I kept putting the facial features in the wrong place--which led to a lot of correcting and anxiety, and really ruined the freshness that was so appealing in the first wash.
So, I felt pretty disappointed, but I'm over it. Going to do another ... where I hope I will not make the same mistakes!
This is my first go at a photo of my maternal grandmother with her father.
I king of like that when I begin these I have no idea what I'm going to do. I just do something, then react to it, do something else ... It's an interesting process, in which I have to treat time differently than I normally do, which is as a precious commodity to be rigorously tracked and parsimoniously spent!
A killdeer and a yellow-crowned night heron painted in a class with Ian de Hoog at Winslow Art Center.
It's funny how I often paint better in a class environment.
I think for one thing--an important one--when I'm painting in class I am less likely to make the mistakes I usually make on my own. E.g., not paying enough attention to my psint:water ratio and overworking.
My brother and I camped at Assateague National Seashore in Maryland for a few days this week; this was our fourth year. Camping--especially tent camping--is some work, but what beats sleeping on the beach; looking up from your sleeping bag and seeing the stars; seeing the sun rise over the ocean?
I had intended to paint more, but there's never enough time!
I managed these two sketches of a view from our campsite.