Monday, January 30, 2012

Painting upside down

11x14x1.5", oil on canvas

In my last post I mentioned that I'd painted a head by turning the reference photo and the canvas upside down. (Thanks, Melinda.) This was the picture that came out of that. It's a pretty cool exercise. You're less attached to how realistic it is -- these aren't portraits -- so it lets you start painting looser and not get buried in details. I decided to place him in the corner of the canvas because I'd chosen a kind of grizzled picture, and I thought he looked more expressive this way. Sort of like he's hiding or something.

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