This particular painting took me two sessions. Partly because it was more complex than the portraits I normally do, and partly because I’m in mad prep mode for Toronto ComicCon. Which, btw, is March 18-21 and you should go. Seriously. Go.
Working on a white base, which isn’t really white here, I started with a brown chalk drawing. My main concern was to make sure that even with my minimalist style, I followed the rules of perspective. These are things artists must be conscious of because even if the viewer isn’t; getting it wrong is noticeable to everyone.
I had initially planned on starting with a light colour but as I painted, it was apparent that I needed to lay in the black. I was losing the picture, and making sure everything was in place was critical. Actually, the thing looked good in black. Huh.
Blue is tricky to match and one of the reasons I don’t share my source images is because there are variations that happen. Colour changes or positioning changes. I know when I see other artists’ source images, I find myself looking for their mistakes. It detracts from the whole experience. So while this blue isn’t quite the blue I was aiming for, it’s still a fab blue.
If you watch the videos, you’ll quickly get that A: I was very tired painting this one and B: I thought I was painting the underside of the vehicle. LOL. Of course I wasn’t. But this is where painting what you see rules over painting what you know. In spite of that error, which I didn’t catch until the end, the vehicle still turned out correctly.
Painting what you see is a huge theme that runs through all my work. My brain knows shit. It thinks it knows a fuck ton of stuff but the reality is (and this is true for everyone) that when it forgets, it substitutes crap in its place. I talk about this in one of the videos. This is why eye witness statements are not considered to be completely accurate. In fact, I think the stats are pretty low for that.
I stopped at this point. I was beat and suddenly lost my mojo. Knowing when to stop working is important. There’s a time to push through and a time to stop. Since I had no real deadline, it was an easy decision.
Also I am out of rockets. Rockets are fuel when painting now, because I am hooked again.
When I returned to the painting, all the layers had dried, which is a good thing. Sometimes I paint too fast and the paint doesn’t dry in time. This is a particular problem with black and white because any inadvertent mixing can taint a colour badly. Especially something like a light blue.
So, in spite of knowing that, I still started with the black layer again. Oops.
And then it became a case of adjusting and tweaking the other colours. Little brushes.
Lots of details.
And the final.
“Did I Leave The Stove On?”
24″ x 12″
Acrylic on stretched canvas