Today was a great day in the studio, actually kitchen. The piece I'm working on needed to be sketched out first, and my kitchen island is the only table-like surface in the house large enough to hold it. When finished sketching, I just left it there on the island and started working because the music was good and I didn't feel like dragging everything back down stairs. Who would have thought Van Halen's Greatest Hits could inspire me so?
Below is the photo I worked from, about a 6x9 photograph. The hardest thing about working form a photo when doing really large works is getting the dimensions correct. I don't want to have a horse with an over-abundant derriere. That might make for an amusing painting, not a very accurate portrait. I'm shooting for a monochromatic palette for this piece, my usual five or less colors. Today I used only three, which was truly a challenge. The shadows may all seem the same color at first glance, but there are variations.
My next full studio day won't be until Wednesday. Sorry for the long wait, but I think if all goes well, I'll have another blog up for you to see my work in progress.
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