Brain to self: I like this painting. Now panic.
For me, and I imagine many other people learning to paint, there is an outer struggle and then there is the inner struggle. The outer struggle is how to draw the curve of the nose or how much medium you need to add to paint so that it has intensity but doesn’t obliterate all things underneath.
(Official 2014 Resolutions come later.)
I need a fake clock somewhere on my blog where I can keep track of how many hours I spend drawing or painting. Today I would have logged 4-5.
A few things I learned right off the bat:
I should draw between drying layers. It helps distract me for a moment, and it gets me drawing.
New work from today. See the steps after the jump. I tried to make sure that I stopped worrying about the product and focused on the process. That meant that I pushed myself beyond a few comfortable stages and learned a bunch on the way. I would feel better about the piece if I had stopped a bit earlier, but I'm glad I forced my way through. Now onto a second piece to use some of what I learned...chiefly to start with a background that already has paint on it.