Patrick

patrick

Part of my series of paintings where I attempt to depict all of who the person is. What their thinking, their mannerisms, their loves, their wants. A true since of their presence at the moment caught into the painting.

Patrick is a man deep in the now of life. Celebrating what comes and cherishing the complexity of whatever happens. He is a truly unique individual that, in our short time together, taught me much about life and living in the moment.

Sessions

Patrick: Finished

After 141 Sessions of work on this painting I’m calling it finished.

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Patrick: Santa and a Jar of Hair

I love the title of this post. There are some phrases that I could never in a million years think that I would every write, and this is one.

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Patrick: Glue and Can

I love the weekend! I’m up early and working on art by 6am.

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Patrick: Cardboard Box

Today I painted the background of the next shelf which is a cardboard box in preparation for painting the items tomorrow.

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Patrick: Shelf Finished

I finished the large shelf on the top left today. All the parts and pieces are starting to come together.

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Patrick: Cd’s

I worked on the third layer of paint over the Cd’s on Patrick’s shelf and I like them a lot more now that I broke up their edges.

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Patrick: Brushes and Can

Nothing very flashy or special today. I’m putting in the work that needs to get done and trying to find some meaning beyond the visual.

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Patrick: Pencil Holders and Pencils

I feel like I’m on the home stretch with this painting while I work on all the background items.

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Patrick: Cosmos of Thoughts

I see all kinds of imagery in the drawing hanging behind Patrick’s head. Words, names, suns, landscapes, homes and the cosmos.

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Patrick: Figure Done

Today is a big milestone in the Patrick painting. I’m almost 100% sure that I’ve finished the figure unless I find something I hate later.

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Patrick: Couch Done

I’ve put my last strokes of paint on the couch and next I will finish all of Patrick after that the rest is all background.

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Patrick: Almost Done With Black

I’m working on the last bit of the couch that needs to get finished and soon I can put my tube of black away.

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Patrick: The Other Leg

I’m still a bit sick but I’m able to spend about an hour painting with good results.

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Patrick: Foot Finished

The foot went a lot faster than I thought it would. I didn’t go crazy with detail and I like how it turned out.

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Patrick: Drawing and Form

For almost everything in my life right now if I’m having some kind of difficulty I always check-in on my fundamentals.

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Patrick: Trouble With Tendons

I worked more on the leg today and I’m having trouble with the flexed tendons that enter the top of the foot.

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Patrick: Back to the Knee

I’m working on the knee again today trying to add in some transparent layers to turn the form and add texture.

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Patrick: Day One of the New Decade

Happy new year and new decade! For me today is much the same as yesterday but the hope for my best decade every is growing.

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Patrick: The Foot

This morning I worked on Patrick’s foot. Getting the drawing and values refined while also setting up for more layers later.

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Patrick: Leg as Cylinder

I’m working on another layer over the leg and trying to infuse some form into it.

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Patrick: The Knee

I determined to get Patrick finished in this painting so my goal is to work on him until the whole bottom half of the painting is done.

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Patrick: Blacks and Blues

Home alone on Christmas day is not so bad when I can have some awesome quiet de dedicated time to painting.

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Patrick: More Couch

I finished up Patrick’s hand holding the beer bottle and almost finished the right side of the couch.

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Patrick: Back to Patrick

After 10 days away from this painting it took me a while to just get setup for it but it feels good to be back to oil and the figure.

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Patrick: No More Gray

Today is a bit of a milestone in this painting. I’ve fully covered the entire painting with oil paint. YAY!

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Patrick: Paint and Chat

My painting today wasn’t the best as my focus was split but it was worth it because I was chatting with my Mom and painting.

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Patrick: More Filling In

We are home now and I’m back to work on Patrick’s painting. I’m motivated to get all the gray covered up so I’m doing initial layers.

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Patrick: Back to the Tapes

I decided to work on the tapes in the top left corner again. They were too static and needs an update to the more energetic technique I’m using.

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Patrick: Have a Plan

I started painting today a bit frazzled from some to-do items that were full of frustration and it helped me realize something.

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Patrick: A Little More

I’m having some trouble with sleep this morning so I’m doing only an hour of work on the painting.

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Patrick: Salsa Jar Full of Pencils

I’m in the habit of starting out new areas of a painting with a block-in but I would rather just paint an impression of what I see.

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Patrick: Hair Notes

I made some changes to the wall value and did the first layer of a framed art of hair notes.

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Patrick: More Wall Fun

I love the abstraction that I’m infusing into the wall behind Patrick and it is so much fun to relax and let the texture and color flow from me.

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Patrick: Playing the Game

After a wonderful heartfelt talk on the phone with my brother I spent some short time painting a arcade game painting on this painting.

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Patrick: Childish Spontaneity

I worked on the wonderful drawing behind Patrick’s head and tried hard to get close to the spectacular spontaneity of the artist.

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Patrick: Lighter and Better

I reworked the painting behind Patrick’s hand and it looks much better now without the dark textures.

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Patrick: Adding More Layers

My original thought of this painting has changed since I’ve started so I’m constantly going back and bringing other areas up to date.

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Patrick: Mood and Subject

I find it very important to understand my own mood and pick what I want to paint accordingly.

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Patrick: Control and Spontaneity

I’m trying to balance control and spontaneity, too much of either and problems arise.

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Patrick: Short Session

Today I was on the phone and doing some easy details in the background. Short and easy is good to have on some days.

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Patrick: Hand and Arm

I started working on the hand trying to get it looking somewhat finished when I realized that I need to do a lot of work on the arm also.

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Patrick: Don’t Forget the Purpose

It’s easy for me to get caught up in the surface details when painting and I need a reminder to not forget the purpose of what I’m painting.

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Patrick: Couch Texture

Today I’m painting the left side of the couch in preparation for the left side of Patrick.

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Patrick: All Over the Place

I worked all over the place today. Starting with the couch and wall and ending up all the way on the other side of the canvas.

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Patrick: The Feeling of Paint Peeling

Tonight I’m painting late and I’m thinking about the feeling of paint peeling on the wood shelf I’m rendering.

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Patrick: Stacked Tapes

I think I’ve finished the stacks of tapes but I’m not 100% sure, I may return to them a bit. They lack energy.

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Patrick: Returning to the Top

I’ve had quite a big idea change with this painting and I want to see how that will apply with parts of the background I”ve already done.

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Patrick: Copying from a Child

Maybe one of the hardest things to do is try and copy the spontaneity of a child’s drawing. He/she is a true master unfettered by time.

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Patrick: Make Him Part of it All

To quote one of my favorite movies. “I’ve had an apostrophe, lightning has just struck my brain”.

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Patrick: Keeping it Loose

From the beginning I wanted to keep the background loose and it is also nice to paint differently for a while.

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Patrick: Switching it Up

In a large and complex oil painting like this it is easy to move around and do something different once in a while.

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Patrick: The Other Arm

It’s become extremely apparent to me that a multitude of paint layers is a much more exciting way to render skin.

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Patrick: Working Regardless

Entering a state of calm and focus is very important for me before art but today was a challenge to focus.

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Patrick: Finished Shirt and Beer Bottle

I finished the shirt this session and has some fun with the beer bottle and blocks of color.

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Patrick: More Than Just Orange

I guess if you look long enough at anything you begin to see much more than you ever thought possible.

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Patrick: Seeing Orange

I spent an hour on the orange shirt again getting the texture right and toning down the crazy chroma.

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Patrick: It’s going to take longer

I’m excited because I’ve got a good method for color, value and texture on this shirt but it’s going to take a lot longer.

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Patrick: Taming the Orange Shirt

The orange shirt is just a too high chroma so I’m trying to add some texture and bring down the vibrancy a lot, but keep it looking orange.

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Patrick: Orange Shirt

Working a bit on Patrick’s orange shirt. Trying to achieve these vibrant oranges is difficult.

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Patrick: Right Shoulder Layer

I put another layer of paint on the right shoulder so it can dry in preparation for the next and hopefully last layer in the future.

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Patrick: Hair Finished

I finished Patrick’s hair and the shadows cast from it on his right shadow. I still need to fix the value on the other shoulder though.

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Patrick: Even More Hair

I spent this whole session painting more hair and trying to get the detail I wanted without going overboard.

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Patrick: Early Start

I got an early start on painting this morning and after 2 hours I’m almost done with Patrick’s neck.

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Patrick: More Hair

I started working on the right side of Patrick’s hair. When I finish this I feel his head will be completed but I still have a very long way to go on this painting.

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Patrick: Beard

After a wonderful day hiking the mountains around Mt Baker with Pattie and Susan I’m painting later in the day and working on Patrick’s beard.

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Patrick: Moving to the Arm

I’m waiting for the work I did on his neck to dry so I moved to the arm adding another layer of paint.

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Patrick: Neck

My work is taking up a lot of time time right now due to a deadline so I just spent the minimum time on painting Patrick today.

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Patrick: Working on the Chin

Today I worked on Patrick’s chin and some of his neck. The portrait is coming together nicely now and I’m anxious to begin painting his torso.

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Patrick: Hair

I started refining some of Patrick’s hair this session with lots of tiny brush strokes.

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Patrick: A Background Break

Wanting to spend a bit less time painting today I worked on the background in preparation for the edges of Patrick’s form.

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Patrick: Thin Mustache and Full Cheeks

I’m working on Patrick’s mustache and his cheeks with subtle strokes.

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Patrick: Final Strokes on the Face

I continue to paint the face in the method I began yesterday and I’m finally sure that the strokes I put on will not be covered in the future.

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Patrick: Breakthrough

The process I used to paint part of Patrick’s face today yielded wonderful results and I will be following it’s example for the rest of the painting.

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Patrick: Bandana

I did some work on Patrick’s blue bandana and the intricate design on it. But I kept it much lighter than the photo,

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Patrick: Arm

My schedule is a bit off this week, so I’m painting later at night with not much motivation on Patrick’s arm. I expect to do it over later.

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Patrick: Uncertainty

I’m uncertain of my direction with this painting. I continue to work on the face but nothing seems to “click”.

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Patrick: Behind the Head

I’m working a bit on the background behind Patrick’s head and I want to keep the background loose while also pushing the head forward.

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Patrick: Closer and Closer

I come closer and closer to a finished face, yet I’m not convinced that it will turn out the same as my vision.

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Patrick: More Work on the Face

I have a new idea of how I want to approach skin and the life I want to demonstrate beneath it. I hope it works but it may take a long time to achieve.

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Patrick: Teeth

I’ve avoided details of the mouth until now. Teeth take lots of concentration to get right and if painted wrong they stand out horribly.

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Patrick: Paint Over Edges

I’m beginning to learn to always paint over edges and to never just paint a color up to an edge. It’s easier to harden edges later, keep them mostly soft.

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Patrick: Neck

Today I started work on his neck with a focus on high chroma and texture in an attempt to communicate the weather beaten skin.

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Patrick: Organized Layers

I’m planning a new method for this painting and it has to do with some organizing of layers from day to day.

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Patrick: Uncertainty

I’m trying to figure out what I want to accomplish with this portrait. I think the drawing and composition is set but the paint application needs something more.

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Patrick: Direction

Each area of a painting starts with no direction, I feel lost when starting, so I just focus on something small and specific that I can effect well.

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Patrick: Bandana

I didn’t feel that I had a lot of energy for focus this morning so I worked on the base color for the bandana and some of the background.

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Patrick: Medium

During this session I thought to use Gamblins Neo-Meglip medium to bolster the texture of the paint but that idea fell flat, literally and figuratively.

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Patrick: Impasto

I’m close to slapping on the paint thickly with a palette knife, maybe if I sculpt the portrait out of paint I can come close to the life I want to achieve.

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Patrick: Beginning With Oil

I had some struggle trying to determine if I should work further with acrylic but my heart said that it was time to move on to oil.

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Patrick: Some Refinement

I’m working a bit on Patrick’s face and trying to refine some of the shadow area while wondering if it’s time to move to Oil.

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Patrick: Another Leg

I’m really loving the purples, oranges and all the high chroma colors I see in the legs juxtaposed next to the ruddy tones and the couch.

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Patrick: Leg

I’m moving on to the first layer of paint over Patrick’s leg and some of the black couch in the background.

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Patrick: The Foot

Patrick’s foot is so prominent in the painting that I first worried about it’s awkwardness but now I feel it may be one of the most important parts of the painting.

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Patrick: Hand and the Mote

I paint the initial layer for Patrick’s hand which is a pantomime of a mote of dust floating in sunlight.

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Patrick: Loose Strokes Following Forms

I’m moving throughout the body focusing on the limbs and using loose painting but still trying to describe the form with the direction of the strokes.

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Patrick: T-shirt Tan

I love the change from skin darkened from sun exposure to his shoulders protected by the sun from many days working outside.

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Patrick: Reds and Oranges

Patrick’s neck is a much more deep red further confused by the unnaturally intense orange of his shirt. Detailing this area later is going to be interesting.

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Patrick: Moving Out

I’m moving out from the face and painting the neck and the background.

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Patrick: Layering

I spent some time painting over some of the face and layering the paint. This is the last of layering for now as I decide to work a single layer over the entire figure first.

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Patrick: Back to it

After the longest travel day I’ve had in years I return home and to my painting of Patrick.

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Patrick: Positive Progress

I’m very happy with my current progress and as it stands now I think my decision to start this painting over from scratch was well founded.

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Patrick: No More Strokes

I’m trying my best not to stroke the brush on the canvas, instead I use a frayed brush and meander it across the surface. It’s closer to real life this way.

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Patrick: Beginning With Acrylic

I toyed with the idea to not start with acrylic this time but I still don’t want to let the idea go so I’m trying a different tactic.

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Patrick: Drawing Done

I’m done with the drawing with graphite now it is time to begin with paint. I will always be drawing but now it is time to transition to painting.

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Patrick: Drawing a Drawing

A drawing on the wall looks to be the phases of the moon flanked by a young and old woman. It’s meaningful and important.

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Patrick: Painting of Art

There are several pieces of art in the background of this painting and I’m going to have a difficult time reproducing them.

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Patrick: Removing Frustration

Many items I’m drawing will cause me lots of frustration later if I don’t define them well. Better to deal with it now in graphite, than paint.

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Patrick: Initial Drawing Done

I’ve finished the layout of every item on the canvas now I just need to refine a few more things before beginning painting.

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Patrick: Covering Up

I spent most of this session covering up old confusing lines with some more gray gesso paint.

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Patrick: Stacks of Dead Media

I love the eclectic feel of everything behind Patrick but the stacks of tapes and cd’s is going to be very tedious to paint.

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Patrick: New Apartment

The new setup in my new apartment is similar to the last but I still need to get used to it.

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Patrick: Moving Slow

The title is a play on words as we are moving and it is causing me to move forward slowly on the painting.

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Patrick: Short Session

I’m refining some of the drawing from yesterday but doing the minimum time because I need to clean for our move.

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Patrick: Drawing the Background

Just doing the first pass on the background wall which is full of eclectic items.

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Patrick: Dealing With Blur

Being the wonderful animated person he is Patrick likes to gesture with his hands but it doesn’t make the best photos.

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Patrick: Sticking With It

I’m boxing up all my art supplies for our move and making a commitment to take this drawing as far as I can before painting.

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Patrick: Focus on Accuracy

I have another busy day today so I’m refining the drawing more very early and I’m focusing on getting the drawing as accurate as possible.

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Patrick: Early Morning Drawing

We have a busy day today so I began drawing on this painting at 5am. So far I’m very happy with my progress now.

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Patrick: Refinement with Value

I wanted to get a better idea of how the form of Patrick’s face moves through space this will go far to inform the next painting step.

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Patrick: Drawing Refinement Again

One month after the first time I was doing drawing refinement I’m doing it again but this time I feel like I have a better direction and outlook.

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Patrick: Back to Drawing

I was able to finish the next few coats of gesso and sanding and begin drawing.

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Patrick: New Canvas and Better Start

I feel that this change in direction is the best, it will take me a while to get back up to speed but I feel I’m back on track.

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Patrick: Starting Over

I’ve come to a point where I feel I have no choice and must start over.

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Patrick: Blinded by the White

It was apparent from the first brush stroke that the white of the canvas was a bad idea.

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Patrick: Layers Upon Layers

I feel that I won’t be happy with my progress on this painting until I have 10 good layers of paint over the first eye socket.

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Patrick: Switching to Oil

I debated for a while and finally decided that it would be better to switch to oil and focus on layers, chroma and texture.

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Patrick: Experiment Failed?

What I want to accomplish is in my head visually, but I lack the ability to communicate it through acrylic.

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Patrick: Warm Colors

I purchased some new paints that are all warmer than my current set and I think this is helping a lot to achieve what I want.

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Patrick: Eye Socket Start Over

The current state of the painting is in a really weird position but I assure you it is for a good reason.

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Patrick: Eye Socket Experimenting

I’m doing some experimenting with layers of paint and very simple two color mixtures only.

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Patrick: Starting Again With Focus

I painted over the previous work I did with acrylic and started the drawing again.

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Patrick: Experimentation Without Direction

I want to take risks with this painting and experiment but after today’s session I learned that I need to at least have some direction for the experimentation.

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Patrick: First Drawing Stage Done

Working again on Patrick’s portrait today and I just finished the first round of drawing. Now I just need to keep refining till I’m happy.

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Patrick: Eclectic Shelving

One of the things I like a lot about this photo is the parts of Patrick that show through the eclectic items on the wall behind him.

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Patrick: Some Drawing Refinement

Again I needed some art time with not a lot of cognitive focus so I decided to work in a small area and refine the drawing I worked on yesterday.

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Patrick: From The Top

I moved to the top of the painting this session drawing the background elements and working my way down.

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Patrick: Awkward

This is the stage of drawing were it always seems very awkward looking to me. Just lines placed with accuracy and no emotion.

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Patrick: Start

I’m working larger, my surface is canvas now instead of paper and my setup is totally different. Lots will change with this painting.

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Details

  • Work: 1575
  • Size: 30" x 47"
  • Medium: Oil on Canvas
  • Sessions: 141
  • Start date: 2/12/2021
  • End date: 1/21/2020