On reading my post Opinions, a friend wrote to say that he’d been afraid to leave a comment not knowing how I would react. I decided that there might be others who felt the same and would like to clear up any confusion I’ve inadvertently created.
A couple of things I’d like to add to the earlier post. First a confession. I love my work, I always have! But that does not stop me from seeing the problem areas/mistakes in each piece. In the beginning, I did not know how to fix these and felt that the probability of making it worse were too high to take a chance. Now I know that if I mess up I could make a similar piece that I’d also be happy with.
I value comments from friends as well as fellow artists and the different perspectives they provide. I look forward to some from both!
Here are a few more KMP’s. The one at the top of the page is. 22/100. Still not able to stop at the half an hour mark with the posterised “start” and steadily adding more and more details. Today I followed the procedure to begin with and then continued beyond the exercise till I realised that it had been over an hour. I will set a timer the next time and at least stop to take a pic as a record of that stage.
The bottom two sketches were made on days when I did not get around to painting. I’m once again getting closer to my goal of drawing or painting regularly.
KMP’s are skill building exercises advised by Kevin Macpherson in his book Fill Your Oil Paintings with Light & Color. I started these in 2007 and am continuing with it in 2010. If you want to know more about this set of exercises click here.