New Portraits: Practice, pracitce, Practice!
|Pam Russell, 1/20/13|
Maybe all of the above, that the one percent inspiration part is not nearly as
much fun as the 99% perspiration part.
I find that I am gradually breaking myself
of the part where I had to be perfect and do perfect work. It may be depressing to accept that one is Not, indeed, as
stunningly good as we might have thought
or fantasized, BUT it is certainly Restful
not to Have to be!
Unfortunately this portrait of Kristen
|Kristin Halberg 1/19/13|
On the other hand, the third painting in this set, of Pam Russel, may not look a lot like her, but I am happier with it, since it carries some of the essential Her.
|Mary Franchini 1/13/13|
Mary was the first in this set of three, and
although I was apprehensive about painting
her, I think she turned out OK.
I've been working on portraits for the last 3-4 years, and I still can't tell if one is going to turn out acceptable (to me) or not.
I think the only solution is to keep working and struggling with the process, declaring each one "finished" after a day or two, and going on to the next. I could never be one of those artists who works for years on the same piece. My approach is to get her done and hope that the process of continuing to try, slowly but surely leads to improvement.
As my 3.5-day weekend winds to a close, I
have 3 new canvases primed, and no time to paint. We'll see what the next round brings.
To all my online students: Finish those UFO's...you might like at least some of the results!