Friday, July 15, 2011

Looking Forward to Monday ...

1st quick sketch
More depth
Loose washes, eyes and glasses masked 
Crawling along
Still crawling along
Mask removed, start eyes

   I finished the sketch about a week ago, put it on Arches 140 lb. CP, and started painting. If left to my own devices, I paint very slowly, using thin glazes; most of the time I get where I want to be but .... SLOWLY. I have just lately trained myself to always use the largest possible brush. So I am really looking forward to a portrait class offered by Lalita Hamill of the Federation of Canadian Artists. She is an absolutely delightful young woman, and a great artist. I took one of her classes years ago.
   There are a few things I am hoping to gain from the course. I would dearly love to create much more emotional depth in my painting. I would like to paint faster, and looser at times, be less tentative. And I would like to improve my compositional skills. I'm sure there's more, but those are the big ones.
  So I will leave you all for now, and probably post late Monday, after the class. I thank you for dropping by.


  1. Nice sketch! "When the student is ready, the teacher will appear."

  2. You have a real gift for portraiture; this piece is very nice already, and I am looking forward to seeing it in future. Your comments are very timely for me, as I paint very slowly and have worked lately on creating a small piece more quickly. It's been fun, but I also want to listen to the advice of my painting mentor, who tells me to just work in my own way at my own pace and to enjoy the process.

    I am glad to have found your lovely blog (via a comment you made on Robin Roberts' blog) and enjoyed browsing a number of recent entries. Thank you for taking us along on your journey and describing your creative process--fascinating!

  3. This is coming along very nicely. I loved the pencil sketch a lot..