portrait painting in progress


preliminaries – oil sketch on acrylic wash

So (don’t you hate people who start with ‘so’?) there’s drawing and there’s sculpture and there’s painting.

Colour is a very uncharted ocean (for me) and a lot of the time I’m drawing with paint rather than painting (by which I mean dragging the brush across the surface to make a line, neglecting colour and light, as if it were charcoal, instead of applying the paint as an area of with hue, tone, saturation and all that) – but there are occasions when the paint goes on like clay and the brush is a modelling tool and then it feels like sculpting with paint, placing it carefully, not smeared or muddy, which seems like progress.

Painting with paint is another matter however.



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