Seven days later…I think I’ve expressed the idea that I envisioned when I began this project…a narrative that shows, well, restraint or thoughtful determination in a tough situation–the juxtaposition of the act of smoking a cigarette against the closeness of gun to his hand–it smells of deception….I’ve titled it, “Patience is a Virtue.”
I’m painting this piece for entry into an exhibition by the same name, “Who Are You?” It’s going amazing well, for me anyway…I mean to say that I’m feeling comfortable that my technical skills are developing and permitting me to accurately reflect my vision.
Well, I begged and found a model…it does change the narrative a bit, don’t you think? I sketched this over and over again, then onto the canvas yesterday…at last today I started painting and managed to get a solid six hours in! I do have some major considerations to tackle….what color the background? It could easily be great in a Van Dyke brown, but then again something, that little voice in my head is repeating over and over….red. People like to look at red. I do have some time to decide…
Working lost…is the determination to conquer what I perceive as an “artist block” reflected in this sketch? Oh, crap! I so NEED a model for this. My husband refuses to pose for me (ref. to an earlier post including “Mystery solved.”) heh heh
At the suggestion of a fellow artist, who couldn’t tell that there was a gun in the pocket of the hoodie, and that one hand was too large, that it’s size didn’t fit the perspective……I went back and made some adjustments. Then, I spent the next few weeks trying to document it.