roughing out the Pieta continued…
I only had a small window today for the studio, but I am quickly learning not to disdain the small windows of time. Before I had a child I wouldn’t, for example sit down to a sewing project without at least a 2-hour window. When she was a newborn I learned to grab 2-minute windows to sew a seam or two.
Today I painted windows (and a building wall) in my small time window- half my previous “smallest painting-time” of 3 hours. It was productive and I like the look of it so far. The whole piece will be many-layered, and the figures are in a complete under-painting still (so for non- painters, no, they will not be blue! With a day between me and a hectic yesterday, I’m loving the rough strokes showing the under-painting.
It is an old teaching trick to give students a brush that is bigger than they are comfortable with to get their mark going (a trick I have used on students often). I use it on myself yesterday, but I took it up another notch after that and loved the result. Weirdly, I found that the spacing between the windows I sketched out before was the exact width of that brush. Interesting. I’m really enjoying this painting now.