Since I’m committed to sharing the journey for this painting, warts and all, here’s where it’s at:

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Progress…
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more progress on texturing

You can see that I’ve made significant changes since the last entry. I’m using a lot of textures in this painting, and I find that I’m focussing on specific sections of the canvas rather than the whole.

I’m also using more acrylic washes and dry-brushing to bring out texture; two techniques I am luckily familiar with, since I used to paint a lot of lead and white metal fantasy miniatures when I was a teenager.

So far, this is what I’ve discovered:

  • I should not be afraid to make changes to any part of the painting if I’m not happy with something. This requires some courage.
  • I really like hogshair brushes! I like the texture.
  • Building up areas of the paint with different shades takes time but is worth it.

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What I’m learning : progress of my second painting
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5 thoughts on “What I’m learning : progress of my second painting

    • March 1, 2015 at 1:54 am
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      Thanks @loretta-leslie 🙂 I hope to begin another piece soon !

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  • February 28, 2015 at 11:22 pm
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    I love your first point. I always tell my designers not to marry their concepts before the client does. To me, it is one of the single most important exercises as it helps maintain, or build, confidence in your fountain of creativity.

    May I ask if you are influenced by something on this particular journey? On this project?

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    • March 1, 2015 at 1:45 am
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      Hi @maesha-shannon 🙂 I feel hesitant to change a section of the painting, especially when it means that it will change another area that I’m happy with, but I have to step back from that intensity. I’ve actually finished this one now and will post the final piece soon. There’s a point I have to just stop, because it gets too intense to live with. Does that make sense? I leave it out, and everytime I walk by I’m staring at it. I think about it; new lines; new shapes; new colours. It doesn’t stop until I finish it and move on. In a way it becomes an obsession.
      I have to say that my approach was more confident to this piece, as contracted with the first. I was coming from a dark place emotionally for this one, and I primarily let the shapes on the paint inform the story. As they coalesced ont he canvas, the direction formed very quickly, and I think the finished piece reflects something more restrained and darker. The first painting was about energy, and this one is more about restraint. At least, I hope so!! Regardless, the positive is that I’ve tried out a slew of new techniques and can now use them more confidently. As I said in my entry, I used to paint a lot of fantasy miniatures, so I’m familiar with enamels and acrylics, and the techniques of washing and dry-brushing. Sometimes it’s good not to have to start from nothing! It’s daunting nonetheless.

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      • March 2, 2015 at 1:37 am
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        It does make sense! I think every artists battles with locking the door on a journey. What if you haven’t gotten what you need form the work? What if it doesn’t convey exactly what you mean for it to? What if there is something about it that bothers you technically? Ahhhh! So many hurdles. To that I say, it’s okay, that’s why we have erratas in books. Artists must learn that there will always be another canvas, another day, another opportunity. Don’t be afraid of that work. Ultimately it strengthens your resolve, as well as you ability to hit the mark often.
        I think that the more you do, the easier it will become to walk away. Better yet, you will have a better frame of reference (history) to draw from. Meaning, that the vision will solidify both in your mind and spirit, as well as on the canvas. Plus, you have many technical skills mounting and that will help. That part is obvious, the more you charge with the joust, the better you get at smashing the knight!

        Also, there may be something to be said about narrowing down the inspiration. It’s good to know where something is being born from, but just as we are never finished with ‘dark places’ or ‘energy’, or ‘restraint’, those sorts of high level spiritual places/topics can translate into the inescapable cycle of creating. Sometimes, the phrase, or sentence needs to be refined to capture an exacting essence. I once made a very grave mistake in this area. As part of a senior year art study, we were asked to choose a single topic on which to paint a series of 10 pieces over the course of the year. A final piece would be a 4′ x 4′ on wood. Many students chose “landscapes”, or “water” or “Horses” or “The female form”. I chose, quite arrogantly, though at the time I though rather clever…”world issues.” That nearly killed me in the end. And though I learned a lot, I spent a great deal of time wondering when each piece was finished. Did it stand on it’s own but adhere to my series. Did it measure up technically? The topic was way too broad and consequently it injected a great deal of doubt. Anyways… I’ve prattled on too much now. Sorry for the huge comment. 😛

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