I don't know about you, but I don't let myself "play" with paint often enough anymore. For me that means like most painters I want every painting to be successful. I know I won't loosen up if I don't use larger brushes at least to start out. That's harder than one would think & I haven't been entirely successful as I keep reaching for the small detail brushes! So I decided I wouldn't even sketch out the painting but dive right onto a blank canvas without even toning it!! Doesn't sound like much of an adventure, but it was for me.
This has become one of those paintings my husband teases me I should sell by the pound given how much paint ends up on the canvas as I make my changes. I've been working on it off and on for a few months. Paint some, set aside for a few weeks, pick up and paint some more. It still wasn't "there", so I decided it was a good painting to summit to my on-line critique group. As always, they made great suggestions and as I was implementing their suggestions I saw additional things.
|Fiddling Around, 16x20" oil on canvas|
- Guy on the right: enlarged his head
- brought down his right shoulder
- toned down the yellow jacket
- Guy on the right: the white shirt was too cool so added some warm tones
- made the brim of his hat (right) a little smaller... still might take off a little more
- raised his leg so the guitar fell back more
- added a touch of red in the middle background to balance the reds throughout the picture.