Oil on canvas. 8"x10"
I did more work on this painting, but it's still not right. Last night's effort was so scary that I'm pulling it off the blog!
I agree with the sentiment that portraits are "frickin' hard!"
May 10, 2011
Below is the first pass of this painting. I often forget to stand back to view the painting as I'm working on it, and that's what happened with this one. Although the color changes looked ok up close, when I moved back (and when I took the photo), I realized that the painting looked flat and washed out. That also created problems with form. Unless you viewed the painting from about 12 inches away, you couldn't see color changes and the painting looked pretty funky.
It was frustrating, but by painting often, I'm learning, and I feel like I'm reinforcing the knowledge I've gained (painting kata).