There is just so. much. to learn. When I'm in the studio my head is spinning with ideas and then later I get lost in Instagram where I find other artists making amazing things that I want to learn more about. I'm looking at everybody from students to major ceramic organizations. All in all, I'm finding a confirmation of the fact that there truly is so. much. to learn. This is good news, I'll be busy for the foreseeable future.
When I want to start a new piece based on color I like to open up some photos in Photoshop and use my eyedropper too to pull out some colors and see what I get. It is always interesting to see what you will find when you look at these colors on their own because so much of interpreting color depends on what colors are next to each other.
Lots of portraits have been happing. Originally I started making them as practice for a piece I am doing for a friend, but I've been getting into them a lot more than I imagined. I'm having a lot of fun working the oil pastels in with the paint and searching for a rhythmic balance back and forth between them. This portrait above kinda looks like there is a swollen mouth situation going on, but I think I'm over it. I suspect that my precision in portraiture will increase with more practice. While I do care a lot about the growth of that precision, I am equally as invested in the compositional quality of each piece. I want to add another sentence here figuring out that equation and what it means for my paintings, but this is all very new work for me and I am still working on those answers.
Been getting outside a bit too: