Sunday, January 5, 2014

I Run the Numbers

 "The Brown Dress"
16 x 20 inches, oil on canvas

Here it is completed: my first painting of the year. It always feels so strange to create a new desktop folder of paintings for a new year, and file away the first one in that vast empty space. I know it won't be lonely for long - it's time to start filling up that folder!

By my (most-likely faulty) calculations, I posted 81 still life paintings last year, 50-ish figure paintings or portraits, 15 plein air pieces, 2 self-portraits, and 3 portrait commissions. That's fewer still lives than in 2012, but twice as many figure paintings.


Here's an in-progress shot of my studio, my painting, and my friend Farley's painting on the left. See how much more paint he has down than I do? I struggled around with the drawing on this one for hours, but her luscious flesh tones flowed relatively easily.

2 comments:

Diane Hoeptner (hep-ner) said...

Happy New Year, Sarah!! Sounds like 2013 was an outstanding and productive year for you, I look forward to seeing your new work!!

Margaret S Milligan said...

This is very interesting. Can I ask what lighting you use for your model? I run a small life drawing group and we have struggled for the last 3 years with lighting. If we turn off some general lighting and place a spot at the model, half the room complain they can't see their board!