Another day of painting the figure in oil and I continue to change up my materials to try and find what works best for me. For tonights oil painting I’m using a oil primed linen canvas.
I have realized that I can have a lot of skill with charcoal, newsprint and a drawing board. But simply changing up the surface and the angle to which you draw on it creates a very different situation entirely. I’m finding myself struggling with the drawing of the figure tremendously. I’m thinking that the biggest issue I’m having is drawing on an upright surface rather than the angled surface of my drawing board. I’m tempted to try drawing on the canvas in the same position as my drawing board, but I don’t see this working for the future when I may be painting on very large canvases. So, it is just going to take a lot of practice.
After doing this painting I wasn’t going to keep it. This canvas is expensive and I’m not going to leave a painting on it if I’m not extremely happy with it. So I began scraping the paint off and realized that I liked the painting more when it was scraped down. The cause really isn’t the scraping of the paint but the softening of the edges throughout the figure. Now I’m thinking that I should practice keeping my edges softer throughout the paintings.