"Paintings have a life of their own that derives from the painter's soul." Vincent Van Gogh
Saturday, March 22, 2014
Life Lessons Learned
Dinara / oil on cardboard / approx 13 x 13
Unhappy with my portrait at the life session this week, I need to remind myself that painting well is not easy and I will certainly have many more failures than successes. Coming away frustrated I found myself doubting my abilities but am determined not to let this setback undermine my confidence. The model was a young Russian beauty and, try as I might, I just could not capture her exquisite soft beauty. Her skin was flawless and her pose sensitive and compelling. But my brushstrokes and color choices were too rough and I was sorry I had not brought a linen or canvas panel with me for a more refined surface to paint on. If there is one redeeming point about this piece it is that at the least, I do have a good likeness.
Portrait Practice / oil on canvas 12 x 16
More experimenting at home with a limited but interesting pallet.