Yesterday was a good one. I want to go faster, do more paintings, not get stuck on a month long slog in one work, as "Pulling Onions" has been. However, the knowledge I am acquiring through this slog is the base I require to go forward with confidence. Yesterday both the painting and the drawing went well. The one and only drawing is indeed another study for "Pulling Onions." Obviously my "studies" do not necessarily resemble the painting for which they are research. In the drawing I was most interested in the feel of the legs and feet, because that's where I ran into confusion with "Pulling Onions."
In the drawing, take a close look at the man's right hand (on viewer's left). I had completed the drawing, put it up on my wall for introspection, and saw that this hand was grossly oversized. I took an electric eraser to it (you can see the graphite pentimento). I very much like the redrawn hand, which shows the effort was worth it. This was definitely a case of one step backward followed by two forward.
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