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This week's challenge at Daily Paintworks was submitted by Claudia Hammer, the Hand Challenge. I wanted to keep it loose, but I find that difficult when painting 3"x3" so I think I fussed with these hands a bit too much. I'm still satisfied with how they turned out. I may do this again on a larger support. It was a great learning tool!
Hooray! 100 mugshots! After painting 100 I will say that I have learned a lot about the face and about myself. When I began this project I didn't want to commit to painting a certain number. I had no idea if I would like painting the same thing over and over. I've heard other artists express that painting one subject many times is a great way to learn. So true! I also didn't know if my free subjects were actually free. I was concerned that my mind would wonder about their crimes and that would disturb me (a cost of inner peace) and I have to admit that there were times when that was true. But, for the most part I was able to focus on just the face with its many expressions, hair or not, mouth open or closed, angles, etc. I experimented with many palettes, sizes of formats, and brushes. I painted tight and loose. Some portraits were good and some not so good. I enjoyed painting each one and will continue this project as I have so very much more to learn. To see all 100 mugshots clickPresumed Innocent and thanks for all the encouraging comments you made!! Each one helped me go to the next mugshot.
4x4 Oil on Ampersand Gessobord
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This week's challenge on Daily Paintworks is to paint your virtual vacation from Google Street View and was suggested byLayne Cook. I chose Norway and found an interesting street with shadow and light patterns. I didn't intend to paint just flat shapes, but, well it gradually happened. I like the abstract quality that emerged.
Now I know I will paint at least 100 mugshots! Hooray! Two more to go and it is exciting to have these paintings under my belt.
In other news, I spent the weekend in San Antonio and had the pleasure of meeting Susan Carlin and seeing her lovely gallery, Nueva Street Gallery. Susan has sold two of my paintings. If you are in San Antonio stop by the gallery. It's a fantastic space with abundant light and beautiful works on the walls. Plus, you will meet Susan, a talented and generous artist!
I used a black ground for this painting and my brush strokes were a bit looser (for which I am striving). Of course, his hair attracted me and the angle of his head. He was really fun to paint! Now there are only 5 more paintings to reach 100. Golly Gee!!