You probably noticed, most of my posts come the morning after. This works for me. It gives me the night to mull over the events in the studio. When I write the next morning I know what I write.
Yesterday's studio time was dominated by my working on the head and torso of the middle man in the painting "Pond." It is almost there, but I realized this detail work is not speedy. The head contains so many details who successful completion can make or break a painting. I've got the stuff do it right (that is what the thousands of practice drawings has given me). It is the discipline to finish it off well which I must accept. This is why "Pond" has taken such an incredible amount of time to complete. I know more than I have ever given a painting before. This painting represents a summation of my knowledge. I will not let go till it is completed correctly. (This has been a little pep talk to myself.)
Today I will finish the middle man and then move to the guy on the left. Also, there is the woman on the right. She needs refinement, but not much (since she lacks half a head). So the woman requires more body tone, and that's easy work.
Here's the drawing from yesterday. It is a good one.
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