One thing I like about working on masonite panels is the beginning of the painting. The sketch always seems to have a wonderful light to it . I wish I could keep that.
Here's what I was working with when I started the painting. I had left over paint that was drying or caked over. Dry paint is great for sketching with, but I have no room for mixing clean color. Besides my teacup was empty.Ah, much better. I am so proud of myself at this moment. That tool is the razor scaper I use to scrape off the old paint. I highly recommend buying the largest scraper you can get two hands on.
Starting off OK with clean paint. But wait, our hidden camera catches me in the act of fiddle farting with the background. (Fiddle Farting is a high art crime!) I started messing with the background on the left side.....again.
Self Critique Time:
This painting is in a little looser style than I have been doing. I don't really like the outcome, it may end up in the for trade pile. Getting that red was a battle I'm not sure I won. Anytime you battle a painting, I am convinced something is wrong. I got too opaque too quick, and it is very hard to recover from that unless you wipe out and start again. I hate wiping out and starting again, it makes me feel like such a loser. Of course that attitude just shows my of lack of experience. One thing we beginners all share is thinking that Rembrandt or Vermeer never made a mistake. They of course did, and they wiped out paintings and started over. I can imagine the conversation between Rembrandt and Saskia (his wife):
Saskia:"Remy! What are you doing?"
Rembrandt: "I'm wiping off this piece of crap."
Saskia: "But it was so good, you only needed to do a little bit more to finish."
Rembrandt: "I 'll never be any good."
Saskia: " But Remy, you are good. Why don't you start over or do one of your self portraits? That always makes you feel better."
Did you ever think you would have something in common with Rembrandt?