Well here we are again, I’m getting down to the real nitty gritty with this painting and as I have said before this one is way out of my comfort zone because it has a person’s face in it which I have never painted before. This has always been my white whale. It also has to be perfect because it is a picture of my son which means it really has to look like him, the gravity of this matter is hitting me right now because I am still working on the face and there is still some delicate detailing that I have to do. For family reason’s it has to look exactly like him, I wouldn’t want this artwork hanging up somewhere and having one of my relatives asking me who is that kid in the painting? As Jerry Seinfield would say “That would be a big matzah ball hanging out there”. Anyhow, if I could get the nose looking just right I think I would win the battle, I have had a few goes at this area already and it still doesn’t look quite right, I don’t want to obsess about this, if worst comes to worst, I will put this painting aside for a bit and think about it.
In my zealousness to accurately depict the face part of the artwork I have been bending one of my most important, unchangeable rules, Work the entire composition out evenly, which means that I have been avoiding certain areas of the acrylic painting, namely the four corners, I have to give them extra attention from now on, even though all the action is happening in the middle of the painting, the corners are the foundation of the composition and they have to convincingly depict that flatness of the surface of the water, or else the whole this is just going to be chaos.
Also, I have to work out the entire thing a little tighter, smooth everything out to so all the elements are working with each other and of course I have to throw a few more details in the mix and I think that will be the ball game.
One lesson that this old fish painter is learning from jumping out of his comfort zone is to take advantage of the big brushes when it comes to painting water, most importantly because it is going to save you more time in the end because you are covering more surface area. I have always had this compulsion to bring out the smaller brushes early because I like to get down and do some detailing right away, which I think comes from insecurity, now I have forced myself to use the big, wide brushes as for as long as possible with a painting, any kind of time saver is most welcome.
March 8, 2014