Thursday, March 7, 2013

All's Well That Ends Well

"Legs Elegantly Crossed"
9 x 12 inches, oil on canvas

This one started well. At least, I felt great. It had been a while since I'd painted, but my first strokes felt confident and successful. And they weren't. 
On the left, you see my toned canvas and initial sketch, moving from orange to alizarin to purple. Should have taken two steps back and seen that the head was too big, but moved on instead. I liked what I'd done with the face, but I gritted my teeth and decided I wanted to keep the whole body on the canvas. So it was off with her head. 

Very satisfying.

What I don't have pictures to show you is that shortly after repainting the head, I scraped the body down and repainted it, too.

All in all, it was a laborious night - but when I got home, I decided I liked the result. With a little tweaking today, I think I might love it. It's the journey, guys. And sometimes the end results are good too.


Cindy McDonough said...

I think it is wonderful when you show the progress/steps it takes to reach a completed painting. Your work is gorgeous and I like to see how it comes together. And I love knowing that I'm not the only one who struggles/wipes things out!

Sarah Sedwick Studio said...

Thanks for your comment, Cindy! I'm glad to know people appreciate my crazy work-in-progress shots!

Randall Cogburn said...

That looked like a hard one to do. I think it was proportions that got you just a guess.