Getting there

 I had a really good time painting this layer, really in the flow of painting. I added some shadows to the leg and put a layer of blue in to give the colour some depth. I will go over it again with another layer of cobalt blue later that will grey it down a little, because it’s a touch too bright right now. Using the different blues gives the area a nice rich quality that is quite true to what actually goes on with a colour, with its varieties of shade and light, warms and cools. I’ll add in some subtle warm tones to counter the cool blue. I have to unify the head and the neck more effectively, and work on the hair. I added some subtle shadows to the jacket so that there is a lapel on the left side, giving it some coherence.

I put the first structural layer into the hand, pretty rough at present, but I will smooth things out and define the shape more closely soon.

My ex-wife and kids were evacuated AGAIN last night because of the Sylmar fire which burned through the Northeast side of the mountains near to the house. It’s the month of fires here. On the plus side this means that there’s nothing left to burn, so it’s over for the season. Nothing yet in Thousand Oaks, thankfully.


About pearce

Michael Pearce is an artist, writer, and professor of art. He is the author of "Art in the Age of Emergence."
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