|The Piano Lesson 5x7, oil, NFS|
Goal - To paint a figure from life within a limited time frame.
Thoughts – This painting was not done from a photograph. I had a chance to paint my granddaughter playing the piano in my studio. This painting was surprisingly easy. I did a quick sketch and immediately began painting her before she decided to leave. I checked my angles carefully, then applied paint, piece by piece, and didn’t fiddle. I think that because I painted this quickly and deliberately, I didn't have time to “over-think” my strokes. I was totally focused and the painting almost painted itself. Of the two paintings I have completed so far, I enjoyed this one the most. I found that my emotional connection to the subject made the process easier and more successful. This will be an interesting concept to explore in future paintings. As I am only allowing two hours or less for these paintings, I think of them as artist studies and not finished studio work. I could then use this study as a reference for a larger, more finished piece.
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