Today I spent a couple more hours trying to straighten this portrait gone wrong. I was shaving off 1/8" at a time..lowering an eyebrow, an eye, shortening the chin....getting more frustrated by the second. I actually am fairly pleased with her until I look at some practiced portrait painter or figure painting. I just started portrait/figure painting less than a year ago. Hmm February I think!
Love the way the hands turned out!!
And doing it with acrylics can be SO frustrating. I fixed the drying out of acrylics part by buying one of those sealable pallettes...its fantastic. The paint just stays wet forever.
The completed portrait!! Ho Hum!
However I thought I was getting too fussy with my painting because I could keep the colors from drying out...just can't make me happy!! :)
Scroll down to see what I decided to let fly today!! And it was actually fun...didn't give me a headache.
Yesterday there was a big discussion during break about what makes a great memorable artist as opposed to a competent good artist....has nothing to do with selling but making art that is different. Something novel...not run of the mill. So I set a challenge after completing this portrait. Maybe it was a quest after I listened to Elizabeth Gilbert on Super Soul Sunday?!
The background...I scraped the paint off the palette with a pallette knite scraping it on the board. Then I sprayed it down with a spray bottle so it could run.