it always looks horrible close up during. i finally know why paint brushes can come in such long lengths - so you can back up as far as possible from a painting which, for me, looks really, just, well, awful close up.
case and point: the current work. a friend send me a link to a fundraiser to end homelessness. a local nonprofit invites local artists to submit works to be auctioned off. "we respectfully ask that the work be worth at least $25"
the theme is to be, what makes home home?
i had just recently been moved one morning to photograph my bad right after i got out of it, and i thought i'd try to paint this.
first the underpainting:
gaa! underpainting is THE big awful. on the other hand, it does have a kind of modernist feel to it.
or maybe just a tacky 70s/80s feel.
blacklight poster, anyone?
i also have learned that once i do my initial sketch from a photograph, put that photograph the f*** away, or i'll make myself crazy trying to catch every single detail.
several passes later, i'm at this point, working in values,
"pushing and pulling" the values, as it were.
third pass. okay. those are actually starting to look like sheet wrinkles.
next steps: i need those sheets to be a bit lighter in value.
and i need the quilt at the foot of the bed to look less fuzzy and more quilty.
some tones mixed with zinc white should help.
now i need that fan to look more like a fan.
(more to come)