9 thoughts on ““John” No 31 of 49

    • Good to get back to quicker work! I had been on a commissioned piece for so long that this exercise must be a reaction to that! No time for anything but painting (isn’t that what we wish for?)

      • Oh yes. I am going to find the time this week to see all your portraits in this exercise. Isn’t it one of the best ways to loosen up your strokes. I have always wanted to press myself to do an exercise like this (using landscapes/seascapes as my subject) and now with acrylics I might have to give it a go come December. Thanks for the inspiration. I am a big fan of your work.

      • Thank you very much, Mary. It’s basic advice that isn’t always possible to heed. But put in the hours and rewards come, I agree. Some of these still have a tension and tightness creeping in for various reasons but have to keep reminding myself that it’s an exercise to loosen up, so must resist the temptation to try my bestest! ( if you know what I mean) 🙂

      • I know what you are talking about and some of my landscapes I have begun to be less tense in my painting, but still life’s, florals they are another thing. But it’s a goal for me to ultimately we confident enough to loosen up.

  1. Really enjoying these faces, David! I have some idea of what kind of challenge you are dealing with by doing them as I had a face challenge I called “Face a Day May” last May and the year before….phew! It was quite an undertaking….but, HUGE learning experience…bet yours is too! 🙂

    • Thanks Hilda, definitely an undertaking here as you know, having done it. It’s a bit mad but enjoying the process and the learning. As the numbers rise I am settling into a routine of approach. At the beginning I was a tad slapdash. But along the way I have got tighter, so need to get back to broader strokes for the home straight.

      • Yes, it’s so interesting how there is a rhythm and a routine to this kind of challenge and I notice the old internal voice changing its tone and commentary as I go on with it 🙂

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