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Sunday, August 2, 2009


Note to self: PAY ATTENTION!

This was started during a 2-hour live model session during Kay Polk's workshop that was held in Fayetteville, AR last month. Little Olivia is a whole 8 years young...and for obvious reasons had trouble 'holding a pose'. AND that is my story, and I'm stickin' to it! Since I know I can't hold a pose, her patience was fabulous. For those of you who haven't any experience with painting from life, the model holds a pose for 20-30 minutes, and then takes a 10-15 minute break. So in a 2 hours session, you might get three 30-minute opportunities to paint. Sure doesn't leave much time for fumbling around!

You make decisions in a few minutes that you have to work around until you tear the painting up, or figure out a way to make it work. My first few minute decision placed Olivia too bar to the left on my panel. Stubborn me, I worked with it all the way through.

I took my time with this, some parts of her face have 10 or so layers. I have the other 3 'starts' from the workshop on the easel, at various stages of completion. I've also learned to make sure the drawing is right before you spend too much time on things that are wrong.

And many other things I learned, became aware of, and now I am more aware of how much I have left to learn!

There is at least 30 minutes between every photo on the slideshow...just so you'll have a point of reference on how many hours I have on this project...


Art By Erika said...

Love it! I like that you changed the composition in the background, it made more sense than the strong rectangular colors that was originally there.

I was wondering where ya beans mah Red! I'm saying missed ya!xxx

vickiandrandyrossart said...

Ya Red has been at the easel working on these 'starts'! And convincing me that I must work on what I'm gonna be as an artist since I've been forbidden to keep studyin'! teehee.