- unfinished portrait of Francis Bacon by Lucian Freud:
Changes made over 2 days. Will write more at some later point
A progression of the previous painting, still unfinished. I changed my position/vantage point/perspective slightly about half way through the day yesterday. This took me back to square one, more or less.
I do this with 99% of the paintings I make: I Get to a point where the painting could probably be resolved in a day's work. Then I decide it's just not working because ___.
Sometimes I see this habit as a weakness, and maybe it is. Maybe it's just me being afraid to finish the thing. Maybe I should develop the patience to do more thumbnail sketches beforehand and just commit to one.
Sometimes I see this habit as a strength, maybe it's good to push the painting further. It's hard to tell whether a composition will work in a thumbnail sketch. Maybe if I didn't start over so often I would have more finished paintings. But maybe they'd be crappy finished paintings.
Maybes aside, it's frustrating and invigorating at the same time to take a step back.
I will give it a rest and start a new painting today.
I am applying to MFA programs in painting at PAFA (due Feb 1), UNH, NYSS and BU (Feb 15).
So much work I want to finish before then.
Here is a painting I started of my bedroom at home.
I was excited about the start of this painting but am having trouble deciding how to resolve the right side. I am painting this while standing just outside the door to our kitchen, and the doorframe completely blocks my view to the right of the third window. This doorframe is very well lit and about 5 inches from my face. I think including it in the painting successfully would be extremely difficult, so I may try to alter my perspective (step to the left) so that it is not longer dominating my view.