Saturday, 22 January 2011

Progress update

I've had a bad week with this if I'm to stick to schedule e.g. finish by the end of January. I've kind of got stuck with the afore-mentioned problem of when to stop with the detail and I'm kind of there. I reckon I'll do some more detail in the white jumper, but not a great deal. As you can see I've made a start on the face and some of the smaller details, but it's a long way from being finished, but after today having not touched it for a week I'm a little more optimistic about the final outcome.

One of the things I have done is to darken the sight screen even more today as I felt that the jumper wasn't standing out from the background enough.

Acrylic Art - Diary

Yeah it's not easy this stuff and I've probably in some ways chosen a very difficult subject to paint in that primarily it appears to be white, whereas it's hues of whites containing a whole bunch of colours and getting the depth of the hue correct is proving to be quite a challenge. The other aspect is knowing when to stop. Years ago I wouldn't have been happy unless the painting looked like a photograph, but I'm a lot more laid back about the work and I'm hoping that the painting will look like a painting rather than a photo in this instance, but the old style painter still lurks beneath the surface wanting the detail to be there so that it feels complete. Painting a white jumper with texture in using acrylics does seem a bit of a mammoth task and at the moment I am struggling with the question of how much detail do I need to include. Another worry is whether at the expense of going for a more painted approach, the image might look carton like and I also want to avoid that as well.

Another issue is the artist that I'm being influenced by has an unusual style that includes hideous mistakes and his work retaining various levels of detail differing from one to the other. While I'm not copying what he does, I'm using his approach and parts of his technique/style to inform my own work and develop my own style when painting with acrylics.