I like to think that I’m good with change but in reality I’m not. It takes me a while to adjust and accept the new reality. Like moving to New Mexico, for example. It took me more than a year to resign myself to my new life away from California.
I think it might be the same for painting faces with acrylics rather than colored pencils. That’s not to say that I’ve never painted a face in acrylics before. I painted a portrait of my daughter a few years ago that came out rather nice. But I worked on that painting for months before I was happy with it and even then I knew I didn’t get the highlights and the shadows right. It was very even in tone. You can see it here.
I worked on this face painting yesterday and hoped to get it done completely in acrylics. However, I just couldn’t get the shadows right. I ended up using my colored pencils after all. Comparing it to my colored pencil drawings makes me feel like I’m back to square one. Oh I know if I keep practicing with the paint, I’ll eventually get it. It’s just tough to adjust to my new self-imposed reality. I just have to remind myself…that’s how I learn.
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