Thursday, August 30, 2012

Outdoor Washtub

Water is all done but the varnishing. I think this may be Robert's favorite painting.

Spent the day doing photography for the new still life, tweaking the positions of elements and trying variations on the lighting. An excellent day. 

One of the pleasure of painting is permission to look closely and at length at a still life.  Drawing gets what I see into muscle memory. I've been told that good draftsmanship is based on basic hand/eye coordination.

Tomorrow I'll be toning the canvas, and the day after I'll grid it with white chalk. An 8x6" photo with a one inch grid works out to a five inch grid on a 30x40" canvas. I'll use that to translate the source photo into a fairly detailed pencil drawing.  Hey, if it was good enough for Michelangelo, it's good enough for me.

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