Sunday, September 24, 2017

Procrastinating

It is hot today. I am working on a commission (not the one pictured), but it is hot, and I am procrastinating. I love the cute face I’m painting, but nevertheless, all of the following have seemed important enough to interrupt painting for:
1. Check to make sure the laundry hanging out in the sun is actually drying. (It is.)
2. Play with the cat.
3. Stretch.
4. Water the only houseplant left standing, as I am usually not that attentive a waterer.
5. Go searching for the paintbrush that I left somewhere on one of my previous peregrinations.
6. I think it’s time for a snack.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Portrait Commission

And here's the second of the two adorable brothers. I've just begun work on two larger portraits of these boys. Painting a second portrait of someone is always a little intimidating for me before I begin. I'll never just copy a painting, which is guaranteed to result in a dull, lifeless piece.  I start fresh looking at the person (or a photo). And there's always the big question in the back of my mind: Will it be as good as the original? Maybe someday I'll learn to trust that the second portrait usually does go pretty smoothly--I know my way around that particular face a little bit. But I guess a little bit of fear is good for keeping me focused; relaxing is another way to ruin a painting, at least for me. Anyway, the first of the larger ones is off to a good start!