For the first time in quite awhile, I had a productive weekend!
I wanted to do another still life involving more detail. Originally I’d intended to pick out something mechanical, something I could take apart to be able to draw the individual pieces. Unfortunately I was unable to find anything like that around my apartment. I was about to try and draw my house keys when I spotted this mask in the corner of my room and had a “eureka!” moment.
I was very meticulous with this piece right from the get-go. I wanted the details to be as exact as possible so I made sure to get an accurate sketch down before starting in with the colors. In total, the piece took around 10 1/2 hours to complete. I worked on it for a bit each day of the weekend. My goal for this work was to feel like, at the end of it, there wasn’t anything more I could add to it. Frequently when I’m working on something I get thoughts like “oh, I should have put more detail here” or “what if I painted that a different way” but push through to not lag behind. With this drawing I put as much detail into is as possible so I wouldn’t have any second thoughts.
This lead to doing pointilsm in the background to blend colors and using gold paint and a needle at the end to try and capture some of the intricate gold weavings in the fabric and on the face.
It was around this time that I learned why people use brushes instead of needle-point. I was almost cross-eyed by the end of it but I’m pleased with the result! Another reason I was able to put so much time and effort into this piece was that I really liked the subject. Often about halfway through a larger painting I have to go away for awhile, sometimes for a few weeks, because I’m simply tired of looking at it. With this I didn’t really experience that.
This took most of my weekend but I did manage to get a few coats of krylon acrylic coating on the end tables. Now I’m looking into an acrylic varnish to finish them off, something non-toxic/stinky and something I can brush on (and do out back on our deck).
Better quality photos will follow one I pry the DSLR away from Tim, or persuade him to help me. 🙂