I am still focusing on stopping earlier rather than later with my paintings. I am enjoying leaving more of the brushstrokes visible. The Abstract Expressionists appreciated paint for paint’s sake and not just for what was represented with the paint. I’m a long long way from abstract expressionism here but when I make a beautiful thick mark with my loaded brush, I am trying to leave that stroke just because it’s a beautiful expression. Sometimes, though, I do have to lose those nice strokes because they’re either a.) in the wrong place or b.) the wrong value or color, but the more I paint the more I’ll make those marks “correctly” the first time. At least that’s the plan.
This painting is 10″x10″ oil on canvas. Just a little larger than my last one which was 8″x8″. I’m still a little scared of the larger canvases with this new batch of figures. Right now I just want to practice painting faces and not have to put a lot of time into entire compositions.