3 ring circus

11-2-16-1

2 Hours. Oil on plastic coated canvas. Zorn pallete.

Someone at the workshop asked me why I used a Zorn pallete, which is a limited pallete mixed from Zinc white, yellow ochre, alizarine Crimson and Lamp black. Its because oil painting is like a 3 ring circus. It’s a lot of technical stuff to manage while still trying to capture a likeness.

It’s like trying to tie your shoes while you are in a 100 yard dash.

Practice

Practice and humility are essential for my development in art and life.

Not because I am “not good enough”. Not because “I am better than”.

Both of these states are comparative and self-defeating. I am just an artist among artists.

I went to my regular figure drawing workshop yesterday and found out that a colleague was teaching a beginning figure drawing class right after the workshop. I have never had any instruction in drawing before and it never occurred to me that I needed any. He was gracious enough to allow me to sit in on his class and I learned much in his approach.

Charcoal Portrait Stages

14×17″ Charcoal from last night at the Art League

Very similar stages of completion but after a nights sleep and about 15 more minutes of work, the one on the right looks far better.

The one on the left is how I stopped with the model last night at 8pm.

I thought it was finished but when I looked this am with fresh eyes I saw some issues I needed to address.

  • Jaw too low where it meets the chin, decrease the jowl and strengthen jaw line
  • Too much highlight on cheek and forehead. Shade and tighten up/define highlights
  • Eye too dark. Highlight and define.
  • Separate head outline from background and darken head shadow on shoulder to make the head “pop out”.