Session #555, Work #520

I have ran out of very small canvases which is good because I need to start painting a bit larger now. I felt like I was getting lazy with the very small ones. But, large canvas or not, this one didn’t turn out so well. I should have recognized that it wasn’t working from the start and abandoned it early so I could start a new composition, but I stuck with it for too long and before I knew it was time for bed.

The Setup


The Subject


2 thoughts on “Session #555, Work #520”

    • Thanks Cheryl,
      I’ve been told many times to stop criticizing myself so much but, honestly this is how I push myself to do better. Your partly right though, I should always point out something good along with the bad. Sometimes one is easier than the other. Sometimes I’m more excited for my failures also, these are the paintings I learn the most from.

      John Singer Sargent was notorious for being extremely demanding of his performance going as far as wiping out entire paintings when only a small portion wasn’t working. As crazy as this is I think it’s what led him to be such a master at brushwork.

      One day, hopefully soon, I will love most of my paintings and will not feel the need to criticize at all.


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