Let’s get back into the swing of things.
Relax and before you know it, you have let it go without realising. I have let the blog drift recently into the compost corner of the garden. I will have to get my hands dirty to retrieve the thing.
In zen there is no goal or destination to struggle towards, you just do the practice. So i am practising again.
Here is a commission I completed for another christmas gift from a friend. There are a few occasions that the source material is not my own and I need, for lots of reasons, to work from small snap photographs. This was one of those. Luckily it is easier today with scanners and computers, but still, upscaling from a tiny picture also upscales the problems. This in turn forces the hand into a certain style of painting which may be no bad thing, in terms of avoiding tight photorealism, which can make things tense.
The way I get around it is by painting the planes of the head in patches of colour and tone and joining these patches a bit like a jigsaw. There is probably an optimum size of patch for best results but that can only be guessed at intuitively. (No time for large equations or algorithms here when I have a deadline to meet!) The end result surprisingly, more often than not, shows up more detail or character than the original snap.
Painted on an 8″ x 10″ board, oils.