painting 08

The learning curve in this painting has been huge…i feel as if i could have had 3 different complete portraits by now, so many incarnations on the same canvas! Every session the painting moves forward, but it also loses something. This time i lengthened my boys head and the space between his eyes as he was looking like a ball. I worked on my husbands face, smoothing and toning, but i have made him a little too smooth now so i’ll get some shadows and definition back next time. His eyes were huuuge, but i have lost something of the atmosphere by trying to correct that. Accuracy vs feeling, accuracy and expression. I’ve also been taking the background down as i found all of those brushmarks distracting, and have darkened my husbands jersey to the grey/blue it actually is (with some of the shimmer colour coming through from below i hope!).


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