This is another painting I had promised to get done by Christmas and with the sudden constriction of time that always happens around the end of the year, (always a shock despite it being up there with death and taxes as one of life’s inevitabilities), I’d painted myself into a bit of a corner time wise (boom tish).
Faces in particular (especially when it is actually meant to represent someone intimately associated with the intended recipient) can be quite time consuming making slight adjustments here and there until finally you get to a point where you are happy.
It was around 40 degrees in the days leading up to painting this and I was having a bit of trouble with the acrylic paint drying too fast on the palette so I had to work quickly.
I’d also heard about the value of acrylic paint changing as it dries (darkening) but I had never really noticed it much until this painting. Because it was drying so fast, any small adjustment I was making with wet (grey) paint onto the now dry (with a supposedly matching grey value) surface would quickly turn into a darker blotch as it dried. This certainly reaffirmed my desire to get experimenting with oil paints this year where value shift and fast drying is not such an issue.
Thankfully the painting itself turned out well and was also well received in by all accounts (just is time for Xmas).
Oh yeah… and time management – need to get better at that too this year.