I decided to change my approach today. Over the past several weeks, I have focused on multiple projects at a time. Beginning today, I’m going to focus on only one.
I’ve already experienced the benefit of the change today. Typically when I get bored with a painting I would switched to a different one. Today, instead of swapping out canvases, I went for a walk. I think that’s probably a better use of 20 minutes than going from canvas to canvas.
I started with a 60-minute sketchbook drawing. I did a Loomis study, focusing mainly on his sense of design. I then spent about 45 minutes painting a pear in my painting sketchbook. Here are the photos:
I’m not too crazy about the Loomis study. I think I was rushing it. For some reason I’ve gotten into my head that a stetchbook drawing should be quick. But one of the things I’m learning from Jeff Watts’ sketchbook class is that each drawing needs to be treated with the utmost respect. That the sketchbook itself should be a work of art. That’s a novel idea for me, but one I really like.
The pear study is coming along. I can sense my eye is getting better for detecting temperature. I have a long way to go, but today, as I was looking at the stem trying to decide on the color I realized it was a warm brown, not a cool brown, and some burnt sienna with a touch of raw umber dark did the trick. I still need to refine the stem — and I have a long way to go when it comes to color — but it was a nice marker of improvement.
Then I turned to Miles, a character from Lost. I think he’s coming along nicely, and to help me take him to the next level, I decided to put my painting side-by-side with my reference photo:
My biggest focus for tomorrow needs to be on darkening his hair, refining his clothing, soothing out the background, and bringing out some of the highlights on the right side of the painting. I think that will help me focus in on the details of his features on Friday.