1 month ago
Cedric (studies for The Procession), 16x16”, oil on gessoed panel
Two painting sessions from life with @cedricsmithstudio (about 2 1/2 hours each), plus another three hours on the background and I’m calling it done. This is FAST for me. With this and the other portraits I’m working on here in Savannah, I’m trying a new way of working and it means letting go of perfectionism. It means not building up dozens of layers or noodling details or refining/re-stating/re-touching. It means that I am not sure if it’s really a painting. Should I call it a “sketch” instead? Is it finished like this? With a quarter of the hours I might normally be inclined to spend? Interesting questions have come up in my head about how I define or quantify the worth of my work and of myself as a painter in realtion to time spent working.
I’m excited by this work though. It has been energizing and inspiring, most especially for those hours in person. I feel that in NOT refining as much as I usually tend to, I’ve captured a little more movement/emotion... Even as I sit in front of this one in my studio, my brush-hand is itching to just get in there, just touch on this or that. And, fortunately, there isn’t really time. And, fortunately, I’m a little in love with the rough places.
The adventure continues.
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