After 141 Sessions of work on this painting I’m calling it finished.
The journey on this painting has been long and I’ve learned a ton.I’ve learned how to stick with a painting for multiple months and keep interest in it. I’ve learned all kinds of new ways to apply paint and many different mixtures of colors that I never previously tried. Above all I’ve learned that what I’m trying to say in my art is paramount.
Before this painting I had a completely different idea of where I wanted to take my art and now I’m coming very close to my purpose as an artist. The more I look at this painting the more I love it and it’s completion fills me with excitement and motivation to start the next portrait.
As I look back over the last 4 or 5 major works that I have completed I see a definite upward progression in quality and message. It’s super motivating when I think that every painting I do is better than the last, it makes me want to do nothing but art all day every day!
What went well?
I finished this painting of Patrick and I think it’s my best painting yet!
What didn’t go so well?
The biggest problem with this painting is that the brushwork is not unified throughout the painting. Over the months I experimented a lot with this work and it shows if you look.
What did I learn?
See above, I learned a ton.