I have been painting vintage style pin up women on beaches, as of late, and that is probably because I live in a beach town and I love the blues that I am surrounded by. The sky, the water, shutters, buildings and the list can go on forever :). So I have started another painting using acrylics, and I am trying to build my “Forever Summer” series for an upcoming June exhibition. I have been documenting the steps and the progress of my work, I have taken a picture on a daily basis since I have started because it helps me to see the painting in a different perspective, which enables to correct some parts as I see fit. I am struggling with the eternal search for perfection and I am trying to learn to “relax” more with the brush. I am learning everyday, and that in itself is work in progress…
I try and get all my base colors in first, sometimes I actually prefer this very loose way of just applying where ever the colors appear, kinda like color by numbers…
More dark tones to go!
I was also trying to get the greyto create some under tones for the clouds…
and I keep layering…
I wanted to add some red as I find it helps with painting the hard shadows
Today I tried to take down a bit of the dark shadows that seemed out of place…again its that constant need for perfection, which does not help matters sometimes!
Sometimes we should just know when to stop painting!
After going back and painting and perfecting and trying to make the water look like water I think I can safely say that I am done painting this piece. It was very challenging but one that I knew I would throughly enjoy and I kept going back and adding more but I needed to know when to stop, I find sometimes that I am enjoying painting so much that I find it hard to let go of it – to stop. This was also the case with the “Sea cap beauties” but I am satisfied with the results!
This painting is a huge challenge for me and I am more than willing to take it on. I am reproducing a painting from a photo that I absolutely love. The girls are stunning and I do not have any problems with the features as such – skin tones are a bit diffucult but the most challenging part that I am struggling with is the water. Trying to loosen up my strokes but I keep finding myself zeroing in and trying to “perfect” it. I need to learn to let the brush guide me, rather than me guiding the brush…still learning 🙂
I have been working on this painting for some time now. It would have been finished by now but I keep changing my mind and keep changing it because I am not satisfied, however I am learning a lot in the process, and that in itself is worth something to me. So I am not going to give up, and I am going to keep on painting!