I have been busier painting these last few weeks than in quite a while. The first is a secret online project for which I have a deadline of Jan 31st and will be able to blog about only mid Feb. Decided to also begin work on portraits something that I had been going slow on last year but these really help me jump back in. I’m thrilled to be painting again but it is still a daily struggle to get myself in to the studio. I’m hoping that that will change in the coming weeks.
Likeness is eluding me mostly with the fineness of the features of my friend. I hope that in the end it will resemble her more closely. I have used her as a subject in earlier sketches and a painting made early last year – Lost in thought. I’m back to using oils and so each of these is going to take me longer to finish. I’m looking to slow down a bit and this medium is going to help me do just that. I will also begin work on portraits of people I do not know as I have much more freedom then to play around with working on getting form over likeness. I aim to start working on some still life pieces too as soon as i’ve created more space in my studio.
I miss the daily exchange and encouragement with Smita about what we were working on. Part of an expat existence, leaving or getting left behind. I’m happy to hear that she is continuing to paint in Delhi despite a full time job and is currently dabbling in soft pastels.
Like in the past, I will be updating the wip’s on this page to track progress and the final image will be posted on Maya.
WIP’s of Out of the Frame – 12″ X 16″ oil on canvas panel