At the end of my last painting day, two versions of Saint Antimo (aka San' Antimo). The first approach was less than successful as a painting, but I think it was (and is) quite successful as a study, a practice sheet. If I needed it, it certainly proved the importance of practice. Intellectually I know that practice is always worthwhile, but being slow to learn, I have to have it proved over and over. Someday I will automatically start a painting knowing that it is a study only.
And maybe my hair will be wrinkle-proof nylon when I wake up!
Anyway, here is proof if you need it. Revisiting what went before so one doesn't have to scroll through entries to find the earlier works:
This is the first study. I did forget to show the third pass from the weekend, but I didn't take a picture of day 3. I will continue to work on it as long as what I do on it helps me with the second version seen below.
|Second Draft, Day 1|
|Second Draft, Day 2|
|Second Draft, Day 3|
As far as I am concerned, this version is much closer to what my eyes see when I look at the photograph plus what my emotional eyes see. That's always an important part of what one paints. That is something else that I am learning. For a long time I have been focused on making an accurate representation of what is in front of me or in a photograph. Now that I feel that I can do that reasonably well, I have to work on trying to infuse what I feel or felt when in a particular place.
What I don't know is whether I'm doing that.