the second came out better. there is something to be said for finishing a painting in one sitting (with appropriate breaks). i think the technique du jour is consistent. after turning the paper to more of a landscape orientation, i really didn't do anything step-wise any differently. i just paid attention to the likeness as i carefully painted the facial features and tried to make the background and clothing fit in with the rest of the painting. if i am being honest it is a different pose (photo) where she is turned a little to her *left*. her hands came out a little, for lack of a better word, clunky, but i decided not to fuss with them as they weren't the main focus of the painting. you can be the judge if it really is better, but i am much happier with it. after all it is all about me!
|"keeper of tradition"|
|"just walk away"|
a little while ago an internet artist acquaintance suggested that the seated figure in this painting, that some may remember from a spring posting , would make a good painting in it own right:
yes, i did rename it. i decided that i agreed with him and started on just such a painting earlier this morning. i started by deciding what to include and thought that the empty lawn chair to his left made a statement suggesting his isolation. i imagined that he was a vet. we have many veterans in this country many of whom after serving our country are homeless and isolated. i will try to portray this.
|drawing and initial wash: "victor is a vet"|
|close up of initial wash: "victor is a vet"|