I think I’m going to start painting on bigger canvases for certain subjects. It was a bit of torture painting all these objects on a 16″ x 20″ canvas …felt like I was painting in miniature.
I once covered a shift for a friend in residency so he could go on a vacation to see his family in Greece and when he came back he gave me this bust of Hippocrates as a gift, which I thought was the coolest thing ever. I’ve had him for over 20 years. Usually he is in the office but I brought him home to pose.
First entry in the new sketch book
Believe it or not, it was the ramekin that was most difficult to paint. The cherries and tablecloth were a lot easier and much more fun.
I was introduced to grayscale markers last year and I can’t rave enough about them. They are more satisfying to draw with than pencil in my opinion due to how smoothly they flow and how quickly you can draw with them. It feels like painting more than drawing and seems like an ideal way to plan a painting.
I love Mexican art with skulls and paintings with a “memento mori” theme, so I bought myself a replica skull (and some silk roses) from Etsy to paint. This was done faster than usual for me…I think I’m finally figuring out how to paint flowers.
I found some old sketches at my parents’ home…from over 20 years ago. They were mostly done for a sketching class I took in college and after that. It’s so nice to find these now that I’m back to making art again.
I set up this still life because I’ve read that painting sculpture can help you learn to paint portraits and figures. Will be doing more of this before trying to paint an actual person.