I finished up the extra items in front of the mirror and currently I can’t see anything that I want to change but I haven’t sat with the painting for a bit.
I worked on the frame of the mirror today and part of the sink counter top, easy stuff on a Christmas morning.
I’m almost certain that this session is the last that I will work on the figure, but you never know I may see something I don’t like.
I worked more on the right hand today. It is at this point that I’m beginning to get into the very small details of the hand.
Can you tell that I’m running out of possible titles for this painting? I worked on the hand this session.
I finished the arm and worked my way down to start on the right hand. As I’ve said before hands are super complex and will take some time.
Luckily we have a generator but the island got a huge wind storm and our power is out.
I have finished the shirt and I don’t think I will go back to it. Now I’m beginning on the right arm starting at the top and moving down.
Today I worked on the shirt a bit more.
The shirt is looking much better after I’ve focused on it these past two sessions. Maybe one more session and I will be happy to leave it alone.
I moved back to the shirt today because it wasn’t looking solid.
This is going to seem obvious to most of you but I just realized that a mirror image is not like looking at another person.
My incision is not extreme enough to really impress anyone. Of course this was a major surgery, but it’s not gory enough to be shocking…
A flat expanse of skin with a lot of subtle transitions in value and color. I’m working hard to see the small changes and inject some interest in the texture.
I think I’m finished with the right hand, I’m not totally sure as I will review the photos in this post and have a lot of time looking at it while working on the rest of the painting.
I’m working with a tiny brush for the really small details such as the lines made by the folds of the skin.
Fingernails are one of the hardest things to paint and make them look authentic. Without careful study and focus on the drawing they can look odd.
I moved to working on the hand for my right arm. I didn’t finish the arm completely I just felt like working on the hand.
I’m working very very slowly…
I’m not liking the arm I’m working on. I’m not sure what the issue is and it make take a few sessions to work out.
I have healthy veins, at least that is what I was told a lot after a year of moving through the health system.
I decided to move away from the shirt and work on the arms first, besides I need to do the shirt over the arms anyways.
I barely changed anything this session, I worked on the shirt for the session but you can hardly see any change.
I’m using various shades of blue for this shirt, from straight ultramarine to a grayish purple and to keep the texture blending is bad.
I spent this session working on the shirt more, I think I will probably spend the next 4 or 5 sessions just getting it right.
I’m working on the shirt now and there are all kinds of subtle folds that just need a slight value change to express.
I haven’t sent the last 10 or so posts to subscribers or social media because I’m working so slowly, but today I’m done with the head.
I did a bit more work on the top of the shirt and the edges of my hair. I think one more session and the head will be done.
I’ve moved on to the shirt but I’m not done with my portrait yet, I just need to do the shirt under the hair before I finish the hair.
For this session I worked on my neck. I’m very close to finishing the head of this self portrait. But there is still a long road ahead.
I have a lot of hair and so far I like the look best when I get in there and draw individual hairs.
Today I timed myself similar to how the models are timed at life drawing in an effort to lengthen my session.
Today I changed the shape of my head a lot after discovering some drawing issues.
I’ve been working on this painting now for 52 separate sessions and I’m happy to say that I’m still motivated to continue.
I’m in the process of repainting my mouth, the drawing was way off but I still have a lot to adjust before I’m happy with it.
I’m moving on to other parts of my portrait now. It is all about refining the features and drawing now.
I made some more drawing fixes to my nose but as I look at it again I’m not sure it is correct and will spend at least another session on it.
I’m repainting my nose, the drawing is off a bit and I’m fixing it.
I think I have finished the eyes, I’m never 100% sure because I still have a lot left to do in this painting and I may go back and make changes.
I’ve finally painted one eye to my satisfaction. I’ve worked on this left eye for many sessions but only today did I get it right.
I’m unhappy with the left eye it looks incorrect. In this session I painted over most of the eye and changed up the drawing significantly. I may have to do it again.
I moved over the entire top half of the portrait today making small changes. I should have focused my effort at the beginning.
Today I focused my efforts and I worked on the very top of my head, just the forehead and a bit of hair.
I started today’s session confused on what to do, even though I’m working very slowly on this I’m still having trouble starting on something…
I’m not liking how the portrait is coming along so I keep going over what I did on the previous session. I need more patience as it will take time.
I’m working slowly and carefully around the eyes of the portrait still. I keep making slight adjustments because I’m not happy with it currently.
The most important part of this painting is the eyes and as such, I’m spending a lot of time getting them correct.
I’m back to working on the figure and I’m starting from the top down.
So I changed the background again, it was too busy with the texture.
I worked on refining the sink today, I basically want to get everything behind the figure done.
Today I worked on the door a bit, trying to get the lines straight but not too sharp.
I didn’t like the background it was too nebulous and didn’t define the space well, so I’m adding a door.
I painted the details of my comfy pants today. I love these pants, I wear them often.
I keep a little tiny very simple color wheel on my palette just to help me remember.
For this session I worked on the sink and faucet.
Believe it or not everything in this painting is put there intentionally.
Yes this painting is taking a long time to complete, and I’m Okay with that for now.
I like the color change for the counter, but now the texture is distracting.
I added in some of the other elements in this painting and I’m finding them distracting.
When painting its important to paint over edges not just up to an edge.
The background was to bright and wanted it to recede more so I changed its color.
I’m not liking the background color and I feel it is detracting away from the figure so for this session I’m beginning to tone it down.
Today I had an easy day of painting as I blocked out the frame for the mirror.
I’m not sure this hand turned out better than the last one.
Today I painted one of the hands and it proved to be very complex.
I don’t feel like I pushed the colors enough on this session.
I had fun working on the torso today.
For this session I worked on the arm and a bit of the torso.
After a long day and a super hard hike, I’m taking it easy and just working on the background.
Working more on the shirt blockin today, easy stuff, not too much to talk about.
Not much happening now I’m working on the shirt I’m wearing and I don’t expect to put much detail in it.
It’s difficult to reserve judgement on your artwork until your far enough along for it to warrant it.
Today I took it easy, I knew that I wasn’t very focused so I worked on the background a bit.
New challenges arise when dealing with medication and painting.
I’m using some crazy colors on this self portrait, some are just right out of the tube.
This is how I like painting, I get right to the point even with the blockin.
I started with oil today and the colors are going to start out very saturated.
After refining a lot of the drawing around this painting I think it may be ready for paint.
As I continue to refine the drawing of my hands they keep getting smaller, yet more accurate.
I spent my art time this morning refining the hands and I will spend at least one more session on refinement.
I spent this session refining what I drew the last time I worked on this painting.
I’ve drawn out the placement for my whole body and the composition is very vertical.
I refined the drawing and added some shading which helped a lot.
I drew the portrait part of my painting today and it is looking a bit wonky.
My new paintings always start out much differently than any of my other drawings, it’s because I have a plan.
I working from some photos that I took of myself while fresh out of surgery.
The hotel we rented is not working out for us and we hope to move to an apartment for the rest of the month.
Not only is the photograph out of focus but for this session my mind was out of focus also.
Clothing is difficult to paint when the photo is blurry.
I’m enjoying painting the multitude of different textures and today I went from a wood floor to a glass top.
I had a lot of fun painting a simple grocery bag for this session.
After yesterday’s issues with painting the portrait I decided to start some practice session to get better at it.
For this session I paint a cat carrier and I think about the truth of everything.
I’ve finished the table this session and I’ hope all the lines are straight enough.
I worked for an hour on a very small section because it’s important that I get this right.
Many times I wonder if I’m adding too much detail to this painting.
Even though some colors in this painting looking of high chrome they are all actually very close to gray.
Today I worked on some background elements.
Today I worked on refining my hand and some foreground elements.
Painting plaid pants is not the easiest thing to do, it takes a lot of focus.
I’m back to it today, trying to get more than an hour of work on this painting.
Today was one of those days where I really didn’t have the motivation to do more than the minimum.
I’ve spent two long session now just working on the fabric of my shirt.
When the day isn’t going well and I’m having a hard time just getting started, I concentrate on a small area to keep focus.
Tonight I spent 2 hours painting which is a great achievement as it has been a while since I could manage that much time in one day.
I spent this whole session working on blending the top ceiling area of this painting.
In this session I’m trying to balance detail with distraction.
I spent this whole session on the phone with my brother while painting boxes.
I was thinking about doing a session with my gouache tree painting but, honestly I didn’t feel like it.
I find myself running out of things to write about as this painting is progressing slowly.
With the right music I’m able to enter into a deep focus while painting and I almost always have good results.
The portrait in this painting is so small that I’m having trouble painting it.
Today I’m starting the refinement of this painting.
I’m almost half way done with this painting, this is still just the block-in.
I repainted the suitcase. I didn’t like the gray that I made it.
I’m adjusting the original photo and removing all of the high chroma colors in the foreground.
I was going to start another painting in gouache but I couldn’t find a good subject.
While painting a ton of complex stuff today I realize my current lack of focus.
As I slowly complete this painting I have run across a color dilemma.
Another hour spent on this painting and in this session I have a dilemma on how to paint stripes.