Here is my first try since I decided to paint people. I am, incidentally, also wanting to paint larger. The former requires me to paint from photographs at this time, the latter allows me to swing my arm instead of just moving my wrist (and sometimes just my finger joints). I imagine I will paint more still lifes, also, but for now, figurative work is calling me.
In order to paint larger, I painted on paper, which causes some challenges with the paint. I don't have any large boards to paint on right now, so I'll continue to use the paper till used up.
I know it's not the greatest painting, but I decided to show it, because it's the start of a new season in my art. I was just telling a friend today that I wished I had blogged my entire art journey, starting six years ago or so. I thought of that conversation and decided there would be value in showing this painting.
Ok, so I recognize the painting is sloppy, which I don't really mind, but the bench should probably be touched up so that parts of the background trees don't overlap the bench! Also, the glow coming from the red of the left lower bench leg and that other red in the lower left of the painting doesn't look so glowing in the original, so must be an artifact of the photograph. If I had it to do over again (which I may), I would not have toned this paper with red first. I was fighting the red the whole time. I don't know what else the painting needs. I don't know if I am finished, actually.
I've been messing around with some crops. Please let me know which you think is the best option. The one at the top of this post is Option A (the original as painted). Here are your other options:
Thank you for your participation in Crop-a-Rama. I will also bring the original to paint class this week and see what Lorelle thinks.