04/21/2006: "Sometimes you have to fret the little stuff, or, why I hate painting eyes and hands"
I'm at that phase where I'm doing a lot of little touch ups, fixing primarily hands and eyes, two areas I tend to really gloss over the first time around because they're hard to get right. I have all these paintings with lots of details and then sort of claw looking hands. I realized that in the past I had a tendancy to paint women with their eyes closed and their hands behind their backs!
Anyway, last night Rob and Pagan stopped by to invite me out for a beer at the Island Pub which is right near my house. I don't have blinds on my upstairs windows, which is where my studio is, so when the door bell rings my first instinct is to dive onto the floor so no one can see me! How lame is that...but once I knew who it was I decided to go out and I had a really fun time...plus, taking breaks like that is healthy.
For example, I was so up close working on the woman with the lilac background that i didn't notice how much larger one of the eyes had become compared to the other. It's funny, once I started measuring I noticed I'd gotten a lot of her features wrong, the length and placement of the ears, the position of the mouth...sometimes making minor adjustments like that can make all the difference. (to see how it looked before I fixed it, see the version in my in progress gallery...note the ears!
Anyway, I'm really pleased with how these two are coming along...