I had another model sitting for me today in my home studio. The setup began 2 weeks ago with this thread:
This is the place after a few adjustments .. still not perfect but I'm quite happy with it:
I'm not as close to the model as I'd like to be. But I'm posting it to show that work from life can be done in a single room flat without much spending, just a little determination and dabbling with the means available. The model can look at a computer screen where I leave the choice to watch what it likes, TV, a movie or the webcam in which it can see the canvas and what I do on it. This was only the second time with a model and both chose to see the painting process. I got that idea from Phillip DeLaszlo and it is I think a good way to keep the model well entertained. It is very important for me, that the sitter really enjoys the time.
This is the result from today:
Size: 70x50cm (the head got smaller than I intended it to be).
Transparent Oxide Red
cadmium red (light).
a tiny dab of blue in the eye (time did not allow to finish his right eye) finished in time
Higer Resolution: http://dustonpaper.smugmug.com/Art/Portrait/19438152_g4N8pb#!i=1725131148&k=hnxtsmK&lb=1&s=O
might be slow loading.
High Resolution: http://dustonpaper.smugmug.com/Art/Portrait/19438152_g4N8pb#!i=1725131458&k=WLFpP88&lb=1&s=O
I wasn't able to get a really good photo without glare and the colors right. It isn't as reddish and in the pictures ... somehow the camera made all really reddish today.
Overall working time was about 4 1/2 hours. The right is was left unfinished as the model had to leave in time.
As you can see I have a huge lack of drawing skills
. I like some brushtrokes, dislike others. I am not as finite with my strokes. Normally from photo, I would wipe it off again and again until I'm happy, but in the little more than 4 hours with a model I try to get as much done as I can, even knowing at a certain point it would be time to wipe it off and start over.
I'm a brushwork guy, sometime a single good brushtroke lets my heart jump in happiness and I also like the adventure and risk of direkt painting, the risk of ruining it completely with a wrong brushstroke. I know I really should stay away from the oils for a long time to come ... but I cannot help it, I would need to lock them away and dispose the key for the time being.
And I think I will have a hard time going back to work from photo ... which I will have sooner or later when my savings I have left to pay models is over. The work with models is so much more entertaining for me, to have someone to talk to (which I did with this and the last model all the time).
This sitter is very experienced and sits for several groups and the university of art as well and he paints himself ... and he said that my work was better than much what he sees there and better than some teachers work and that I should be very proud of having learned by myself
. I am sure happy to hear such praise, but among us painters: that really shows the desolate state of representational painting here in my country.
The way I teach myself is memorizing books and videos ... and especially what my hero Sargent said to his students ... when I paint all the time like a mantra his words are in my head ... "stand well back and often", "you must classify values", "the thicker you paint the more color flows", "use yourself to a large brush", etc. etc. ... no idea why I write so much off topic right now, probably still a little light headed from the great fun working today.
Sorry for not commenting much on other threads this evening ... I'm really pretty exhausted from today, in a good way ... feels so good to have done something useful for the day , no matter about the result. Heading for the bunk now ... I invited another sitter for tomorrow who will be here earlier, so there is a chance I can work with daylight and I found another blue-grey backdrop which I might try tomorrow.
In advance thank you for looking and C&C of course is always much appreciated.