Well, here it is:
“Sitting Bull” Hand-painted acrylic on a brown turkey tail. Goodness, I’m not even quite sure how many hours it has taken me to complete – I lost track…my guess is 30+ hours – and normally my single-person portraits don’t take me that long but I ran into a few snags during this process. It hasn’t been mounted or framed yet, so I will post additional pictures soon.
This particular painting was very difficult for me to complete. About 10 hours into the painting I couldn’t quite figure out why this painting process was not going as smoothly as I was used to. Well, it dawned on me that I had many “firsts” with this painting.
-This was the first time I had ever painted a portrait while using a reference photo where the subject was facing the camera head-on. Every professional portrait I have painted has either had their face slightly turned away from the camera or it has been a profile. So interestingly enough this painting was a whole new challenge for me as a head-on portrait requires extra attention to detail and correct proportions.
-This was the first time I filmed my painting process. As promised, I wanted to post a time lapse video on YouTube, and needless to say, it was quite the tedious process! I was very confined with regards to my painting technique. I couldn’t quite figure out how to comfortably maneuver my hand while managing not getting in the way of the camera. And being that I frequently turn my painting upside down and on it’s side (See my “Painting Upside Down” post here) it was frustrating trying to keep what I was painting within the camera frame.
And the biggest “first” of all:
-I used an easel!! Aghh! (And I hated every minute of it) Ok, to clarify, this was not the absolute first time I’ve used an easel, but for feather painting – it was my first time I wholeheartedly attempted it. There are multiple reasons I personally do not use an easel for feather painting (And since there is too much to discuss regarding “The Ease of Easel Use” it has naturally inspired another blog post – coming soon! ). The only reason I used an easel for this painting project was due to the required positioning for time-lapse filming. Anyhow, after lots of frustration I took an “easel break” and took my painting to a more familiar spot, and that’s when things quickly turned from this:
Lesson learned! – Don’t ever sacrifice comfort for conformity!
Although it is not perfect, I am really happy with how it turned out. I will be spending the rest of tonight mounting and framing it – so again, stay tuned for more photos! Thanks for viewing, and also stay tuned for the YouTube time lapse!