7/30 January Painting | “Writing”

By | January 7, 2017

Day 7, 30 paintings in 30 days.

One of my goals for the new year is to paint in January.

My theme for all the paintings will be “writing.”

It was supposed to be incredibly rainy and stormy today. Maybe it’s still on its way. It sprinkled a little, and has been overcast all morning and into the afternoon, and the wind picked up and died a few times. But overall, it’s just dreary with nothing much happening.

Maybe that’s why my painting is so subdued. Hands are HARD. No matter your opinion of my painting today, keep that in mind. So are skin tones, especially when you have a limited set of acrylic paints. The murkiness of this hand reminds me of a self-portrait painting I did in high school. I was happy with the composition and the fact that the person I painted sort of resembled me. But it looked like my face was purple, and nothing I did made it look better, so finally I stopped fiddling.

Same here. I spent a good 3.5 hours on this. The sketch was crap, the journal was surprisingly hard, and I experimented with a couple different styles of painting, but ultimately decided to make it look realistic. The color of the hand makes me want to throw up a little bit, but I’m glad it looks like a hand.

The other funny thing about painting is you don’t really know what it looks like until you take a picture of it. Feels like there’s something missing to the painting. Contrast? Shadows and highlights? I don’t know, but I’m done. Maybe I’ll like it more when I look at it tomorrow. For now, I’ve been staring at it long enough.

As with yesterday, I didn’t take in-progress pictures, and I’m not using my phone today. But tomorrow is another day and another painting opportunity.



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