Thursday, November 02, 2006

Daily painting practice- looking in the mirror

I just hung the large mirror you see in the background on the studio wall. A good mirror is a valuable studio tool. You can use it to check drawing accuracy and values. Sometimes when you hold a finished piece in front of a mirror the faults in the painting will pop right out at you. A mirror also makes doing portrait practice interesting. Can you imagine how many hours Rembrandt spent in front of a mirror?
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Self Exam
8" x 10"
oil on masonite

It was the end of the day. I just finished hanging up the large mirror on the studio wall and I had a small amount of paint left on my palette. What would you do? I began a study of myself painting at the easel. The light was fading and I ran out of paint but I got a good little self exam onto the panel.


Louis Boileau said...

Hi Peter,
I really like this. It's nice and loose. How about a trade?

amber said...

i love that i can see how quickly this was done
Skill and certainty shines here