The title of this blog post should actually say "The Difficulties of Being Self Taught". This is my second large acrylic painting on a 24x48 inch piece of wood. I am not sure what type of wood it is, but it is definitely not that wonderful birch I painting on in the last post. Live and learn. This wood is so much more porous and getting coverage is really really really taking a lot of paint. I put gesso down prior, but it probably would have taken a gallon of it to cover this wood properly.
I like the overall composition and the colors, but there are so many things I don't like and I am not really sure how to fix them without just painting certain parts over.
I am seeing now that this is why they say an artist should draw, draw, draw. If you do this you have a much better chance at having proportionally correct hands and mattress edges. :)
In a nutshell I need to decide if it's finished. Should I leave it raw looking and accept that it is likely the wood that is my problem (if it is a problem) ...or does it really NEED more and I will just have to risk losing the things I DO like about it and keep on painting it. It may be a while before I decide either way.
PS: Look what we got here in Wichita, Kansas! We set some records...second largest snowfall from a single storm in recorded history...over 14 inches! I leave you with a few images of our winter wonderland. Even though most of us are feeling ready for Spring, it is hard to deny the beauty of snow and the fun it brings, especially to an area of the world that sees so little of it.
|Our cat Bean leading the way for Hurley through tire tracks. Bean is the more seasoned pet of the two.|
|View from my studio window|
|Hurley our Golden Retriever... and his nose|
|After shoveling, shoveling, shoveling...I tried my hand at sculpting. Not bad, eh?|