Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Portrait - Billie Bird

A couple of months ago I visited my wife's Grandmother so I could make a sketch of her. I figured it would be good practice as I've not done a great deal of life drawing. We had a good afternoon and I was happy with my drawing.
But when I tried to make a painting from the sketch it went all wrong. The more I worked on it, the less of a likeness it became.
So I painted it all out. The background was black so it needed several coats of muddy grey and white to make it go away. Yesterday in painting class I had another go, this time working fairly quickly with a muted palette. From any distance, the painting looks almost white but up close it's yellow and pink and violet and ocher. Considering it's history I'm disinclined to touch it any further.

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