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Next Painting

I’ve been wanting to start a new series of larger, more conceptual paintings. This is the first in what (I hope) will eventually be a series.

It’s 24″ x 36″, which makes the figure roughly life-size (maybe a tad larger).

Grid placement for painting

Working this large means that I needed to change my studio process a bit. It’s been a while since I’ve worked with a grid but it seemed like the best way to proceed and still get a decent linear placement of the subject.

I’ve become more confident in my process over the last year. It’s scary initially to give up the comfort of knowing that you’ve got a tight, accurate drawing framework to support your paint layers.

But each painting I complete is showing me that I really only need a rough placement initially and just to trust that the process is giving me the opportunity to continually improve the accuracy. I’ve come to understand that it’s okay to have mistakes and drawing errors during the process… it’s just part of the process now. It’s not important that everything is resolved at the start of the painting, it’s important that everything is resolved at the completion.

Now that I’ve got a rough drawing on the support I was anxious to get some paint on the support but I did a small test and it turned out that the ground wasn’t fully ready to accept oil yet. I’m going to give it a few more days before I start putting paint on. Hopefully I’ll be able to dive in this weekend.

Linda Update

Continuing the process… starting to get things dialed in.

Portrait of Linda (in progress)

Portrait of Linda (in progress)

Mid-Week Update

As promised here’s the update on the portrait of Linda.

I took a half day from work yesterday and spent about six hours in the studio working. It was a good day.

Portrait of Linda (in progress)

Portrait of Linda (in progress)

Theo – Update

This is the big painting that I’m working on now.

The life-size portrait of Theo. I have to apologize for the cropping on this image… the hands really aren’t cut off — I just couldn’t get far enough back to get the entire image in frame with my good lens. I took a couple of pictures with the shorter lens as well but those came out a bit soft so I thought I’d post these for the time being.

Still a long way to go with this one. The detail work on the chair back is making me a little crazy. I’ve got two passes in on the right side of the image, the left side only has one pass so you can see how the painting progresses there.

Still a long way to go with the clothing and the hands and feet have only been blocked in.

I’m pretty happy with how it’s progressing overall though.

Theo (in progress)

Theo (in progress)