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One Year Down

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Who has flat feet and has posted to this site daily for a full year? [Awkward roundhouse kick]  This guy!!!

On the left are some drawings from 2011, 2012 on the right. So my improvement has been…subtle. If nothing else, I’ve improved my ability to draw quickly and with less frustration. My painting skills are noticeably better. So is my gesture drawing ability. Animation, sadly, has fallen by the wayside, but only because it’s so freaking time-consuming. I still love it and aspire to make a go of it.

Anyway, I know I have a very small core of readers, 50% of whom are my parents, but I’d like to thank everyone for their encouragement over the last year. Even though I generally raise a big skeptical eyebrow to compliments, your response has driven me to forge ahead with my harebrained “get rich slowly” scheme to become the Grandma Moses of my generation. Grazie mille.

Coming Into Focus

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Still not ready to call this “done”! But here’s the latest version.

Papa Progress

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Comin’ along!

One Dad Down, One to Go

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Not that I’m done painting my dad, but if you remember my Florence posts, I’m about done with “first painting” on him. If I skip second painting, it’ll look pretty good, but I think the source photo is great, so I want to put in a little extra work and make this look good!

Cats Can Be So Difficult

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Even though cats are selfish idiots, I decided to take my sister’s suggestion to paint her cat. Naturally, I’m finding it more of a chore than painting dogs.

In the spirit of a cat, I’ll return to this painting when I darn well please. Mee-OW!

Puppy Ciao

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As I’ve mentioned, digital painting is a great way to kill time on an overseas flight. I took this photo on Saturday outside of an enoteca in Florence. Using some of the concepts I learned over the last few weeks, I was able to paint this freehand in a couple hours. Thus proving that the most time-consuming part of oil painting is dealing the messy paint!

It’s All Over But The Drying

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Meet Rachel. Or maybe it’s her older sister, or her distant cousin, but it was definitely American art student Rachel who sat patiently for 7 days while I slathered pigment across canvas with nearly the dexterity of that painting elephant. She approves!

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Un Giorno in Piu

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Aren’t you getting sick of this lovely face? Me too! But I think I made it better, at least. The hair is still retarded, but I have 6 more hours to figure that out! And then I’ll stuff my face with Italian food for most of the following 36 hours!

First Painting: And It Shows

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Well, I’d hoped to have something a bit less flat-looking by the end of the day, but it’s all part of the learning process. To paint a picture, you have to juggle a lot of divergent concepts, such as 2-dimensional measurement, how 3-D objects behave in light, perception of tone and hue, and knowledge of anatomy. Add to that the learning curve of figuring out how oil paints behave and the mad-scientist chemicals you need at your disposal, and it’s no wonder a newbie is limping toward the finish line!

I know the knee-jerk response will be “you’re too hard on yourself,” and “it looks great,” but rest assured that I’m not beating myself up. I’m enjoying the hell out of this! And I’m sure I’ll find further enlightenment in the final two sessions, and maybe even surprise myself with the final result.

What I enjoy about this class is the same thing I like about my drawing class in New York: the teachers are neither condescending nor falsely encouraging. Like training wheels, or better yet, bowling bumpers, they keep you on the right path, and if you’re willing to pay attention (jury’s still out!), eventually you’ll be able to succeed on your own.

I think I’ll always gravitate toward digital art, but I had an idea today, that I’m sure has been done. I had my digital painting of my sister’s dog printed on canvas and it looked pretty good. What if I painted digitally up through the first painting stage, had it printed, then did second painting on top of it? Then I’d have a truly one-of-a-kind oil painting, but save about 10 gallons worth of paint I would have wasted on the hard part. Lazy or genius? Don’t answer that.