“Red Riding Hood”: 90 From Life – Day 59
This is day 59 of my 90 day challenge to make one new painting from life each day.
It’s also the 6th day of a series within a series where I take a subject I’ve grown bored with – teacups – and try to approach it in a way that I find interesting and tells a story.
In this case, the teacup is almost incidental. I wanted to really challenge myself with something difficult today, and folded cloth is nothing if not difficult to paint.
I’ve painted this kind of drapery before to my own satisfaction, but always in the context of a large, slow painting. With today’s piece I found that it pushed the limit of what I can do in an Alla Prima sketch like this.
But that’s a great thing. A weakness exposed is one that can be strengthened. I think I’ll do a few more pieces with that kind of folded cloth before I finish the 90 days.
I had two great paintings in mind while I worked on this – care to guess?
This video shows the whole process of making this painting – start to finish – in under 3 minutes.