Prior to leaving for a three week vacation, I happily put aside a personal project of large scale ‘portraits’ for a new commission. It was of a man whom I know and admire. I was excited to get get started!
After only a week of blocking in shapes I decided I didn’t like what I was seeing and put it aside to make a second attempt.
A few days, later, when the 2nd piece was too wet to work, I put it aside and while doing so my eye fell across attempt # 1. Time had given me fresh eyes and saw potential in the first painting and began to re-work it.
For a few days before my departure, I was working on two pieces of the same person and I liked them both for different reasons. It was very educational, each piece teaching me about the other and vice versa.
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Although I had an intimate knowledge of each piece, upon my return, I felt like I was viewing both pieces for the first time.
The time away from the work had given me new insights on my approach to my work. I also seeing a difference on how I apply paint; I’m more methodical – looking longer and more acutely before stepping up to the easel.
Overall I feel more confident, which makes the work that much more fun.
The commission is nearing its fruition, after which I will continue on with the ‘portraits’ – and see where they lead me.