Jan 7 & 8 - #2hrchallenge

I'm getting back into the groove of it again. Loving my studio time and the routine of it. Here is yesterday and today's post.

Jan 7 -

On Sat. I finished up this portrait. I was working from multiple references to get the likeness and gesture of the boy.

On Sat. I finished up this portrait. I was working from multiple references to get the likeness and gesture of the boy.

I still had some time on the clock so I started this portrait. My friend Ani modeled for me a few years back. I've been wanting to paint this photo since then. I'm finally getting the chance. Keeping it loose and free in beginning stages.

I still had some time on the clock so I started this portrait. My friend Ani modeled for me a few years back. I've been wanting to paint this photo since then. I'm finally getting the chance. Keeping it loose and free in beginning stages.

And from today... Jan 8

I worked on this portrait more today. I am trying to keep it loose and juicy strokes of paint.

I worked on this portrait more today. I am trying to keep it loose and juicy strokes of paint.

Jan 8

I like to have a big clean surface to work on. My palette gets cleaned off every night so I can work with fresh mixtures each day. Color mixing is one of my favorite parts.

I like to have a big clean surface to work on. My palette gets cleaned off every night so I can work with fresh mixtures each day. Color mixing is one of my favorite parts.

Jan. 6 - #2hrchallenge

Another day another challenge completed. I get asked a lot - "How do you know when a piece is finished?" This question is hard - How indeed? For me, the answer is usually time. I like to let a painting sit for a few days in a spot I frequent. I get to see it spontaneously as I walk by and can take in my "at a glance" opinions and thoughts. Seeing it in photograph form also helps. For some reason when I look at my painting on a computer screen, its easier for me to see problem areas or spots that need a little more time.

Today I worked at little bit everywhere. Seeing it in photograph form, I am not quite happy with the dock or the back trees. I'll probably start something new tomorrow while I let this one sit and simmer.  #dailypainter #sacto2hrchallenge #2hourchallenge

Jan 5 - #2hrchallenge

Oops! I miss judged my belly as I was reaching up to adjust my studio lamp. I guess its one way to soften edges. :)

Another challenge day completed. It went pretty fast today. Today I worked on the water, trees, clothing and puppy. Lots of layers. Lots of smoothing edges. Still needs more work.