“Olives and Stones”: 90 From Life – Day 40
This is day 40 of my 90 day challenge to do one painting from life each day.
So the tough part of a daily challenge like this is that some days you just don’t feel like doing it – at all. While I wasn’t about to give in to the urge to do *anything* else, it never got my full attention today. I’ve spent all the time on it that I can, and the outcome was predictable.
Just showing up and doing the work has huge value just by itself, and is a big part of something like this. But, I also have my standards, and it’s not enough just to bang something out to get it done. In this case, the olives all read too flat to me – they’re not rounded enough to be convincing – and they’re also all about the same color and value, which isn’t the case in reality. It violates the spirit of the project in a small way, but I think I am going to touch this one up before I show it again. I know there’s an excellent painting in there and I’m not satisfied with merely making an all-right effort.
Rather than a time-lapse of commentary video like I’ve been doing for these painting, for today’s I thought I’d feature a longer video in real time showing the first stage of making a painting like this – the drawing. I made a few adjustments after the video (a few lines needed to be corrected to be exactly parallel), but otherwise this video shows the entire process of starting with a blank panel and getting to the point where I’m ready to start applying paint.