"Everybody knows a work of art takes at least an hour!" Lucy to Linus, (Peanuts)

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Friday, May 27, 2011

Slow Progress

Not much accomplished on this today. I get distracted by life (don't we all?) I just discovered that I don't have the shape of the chin correct (at least going by my reference). I like how this looks, though, so I may leave it. This isn't meant to be an exact portrait. Still, it will probably keep bothering me so I may end up redoing it. It will also mean redrawing the hand position. I know it doesn't look like much but those tones took a good half hour or more in that chin. Sometimes subtlety is harder to pull off than obvious contrast. Actually it's always harder...

We saw a bear this morning on our walk. Bears don't think about being subtle and may be the happier for it.


  1. I always enjoy stopping by to read your post, Karen. This is coming along beautifully. Sometimes I feel like a bear in a china shop (I know it's really "bull") because of my clumsiness. When I paint I ruin more things, that obvious and I need to learn t be more subtle and less clumsy, although I don't think that's possible. LOL

  2. Hi, Karen,

    I see you've been VERY busy with several different works over the past month or so.

    You are so right about subtly.... it is far more difficult to put off in painting and also in writing. Contrast needs to be blunt and harsh for a strong effect.

    Wow a bear! I hope you kept your distance.