I had done a digital painting that I was really happy with, but I knew that is could be better in oil. My first pass in oil was not close to the digital, but I was able to work out the mechanics of the figure, especially the tilted shoulders. Using the model photo and my digital painting as my two sources of reference, I finished this yesterday rather quickly. Was it because I had a digital painting to keep me on course with staying fresh and spontaneous? I would think so. As I photographed it, I noticed three things that needed fixing and I literally spent the early morning going from computer to easel and back to camera to get things right. Funny how one tiny stroke placed just right can make all the difference in the world. Wouldn’t you agree? I like the oil painting, what do you think? Digital or Oil?
This is one of my new studio paintings that I'll exhibiting in the group show with Bernard Conda and Thomas Bradshaw next month. I had a little bit of a struggle with this, as all painters do from time to time. There's a desire to grow and yet stay true to your self. I feel the need to loosen up, but find myself trapped in getting too tight with details. Sometimes your head is in the game, and other times, you feel like you just don't know where to start. I may revisit this one with a major crop to only include the engineer and the front of the train. When I experimented with various crop sizes, it did have a different effect. Particularly making the train seem more massive in size and mass.
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