2022.09.20: Painting process
I was commissioned to paint this photograph of Pea (black and white dog) and Suki. I loved the idea of painting a complete scene. I discussed with the clients to turn the heads of the dogs faces and cut the bench. They were agreeable and sent head shots:
Then I blocked in the parts of the painting. I do this free hand with paint. Very loose, just a guess at this point.
Next blocked in color. It’s never the right color at this point.
More color and detail:
At this point I was worried about the path, color and the scene didn’t feel settled.
I added several layers of highlights to the path to make it look like gravel. Pea’s eyes weren’t working. Also I added clouds and it felt too cluttered and busy.
I felt discouraged.
I ALWAYS have a phase in a painting where I feel miserable. I just walk away. And have grown to expect I’ll feel frustrated at some point.
I painted the sky over, and also Zakim bridge over and added plants to the path.
Finally the fun part— touch ups and declare it done.
I am thrilled that the clients love the result.
2021.09.23: Memoir blues
I spent all day yesterday writing the outline to my memoir. I felt like I was spinning my wheels in a muddy ditch. I was so frustrated getting no where. By the end of the day I changed my entire theme of the book. The new theme shoved the car back on the road. Whew! Feeling like I can get the outline done today.
Spent yesterday outlining my memoir. I hit dead ends and felt the outline was an impossible task. Then I resolved the problem by changing the theme to my story. Whew!