Eee, it's exciting. The first update on "Kitty Up" (new oil painting).
I've always wanted to document a painting from blank canvas to completion and now I can!
Let's start at the beginning.
I wasn't sure about the size. See, I kind of let time get away from me and I thought I didn't even have a canvas. But I found this one upstairs (ok, the wife found it) and decided to just go with the flow. I worried I might want to go a bit smaller but "Jackie and Xerxes" and "Bye Week" are both smaller so I've done that already. I definitely didn't want to go larger (a la "Baby Elephant Walk"). Transporting the larger canvases is a pain in the butt. My first painting ("Vaguely Dog-like") is right around this size (perhaps a wee bit larger) so I'm familiar with the dimensions.
So, what am I aiming for?
So, in the course of 2-2.5 hours (class is 6:30-9:30 p.m.--but sometimes we're a little late or the instructor does a little power point of a certain artist or type of are--last night we got an intro to cubism) this is how far I got:
Not a bad bit of progress. I kind of like how Timothy looks like he's wearing a ski mask. I tend to do that with faces. I leave the eyes unpainted instead of laying down a base and then painting the eye over it. Especially when the background is black (and the eyes are white) I don't want to have to put that many lighter layers over dark (it's annoying). And clearly Timothy's eyes are going to shift and change around as we move along (eventually I probably will cave and cover the whole face and they lay the features in over top--but not yet). The eye we can fully see is clearly too narrow right now.
I like these progress reports. I can really see what needs shifted. Mr. Roboto's head/face is clearly not in the right direction (in the photo he's clearly turned more to the right) and his limbs are all kinds of wonky (especially that leg--woah!). But it's a solid start.
I look forward to tackling Mr. Roboto's spring. Getting the fine metallic shine will be fun (and getting the thread filament visible will be a challenge). Getting the corduroy texture will be fun, too. But I'm a long way from that stage.
But for now, I'm pleased.