I declared this one done yesterday. Then I worked on it again last night. Then I tossed and turned all night thinking about how I was going to repaint it. This morning I got up early and with just a few final touches, really finished it. Somehow the picture I had of it in my head was very skewed. It didn’t require a complete repaint, just a few well positioned highlights and a clear head. I think I need a nap now!
“Personal Best 3″ Acrylic on canvas, 24″ x 30”, 2014, $700
It’s missing the energy! I’m hoping one more session at the easel will put thi sone to bed. Right now, I still feel like the intensity isn’t there. I don’t feel the energy yet. I think it needs a bit more contrast….some big hits with white and black. I think the flatness of the color is what is keeping the energy level down.
I’m at about the midpoint of my latest athlete painting. I thought it would be interesting to document the process a bit as they tend to change dramatically over the life of the painting process.
Following are steps 1, 2, and 3:
The Personal Best series celebrates the movement, energy and tenacity of the runner. It also recognizes that everyone’s personal best is, well, personal!
I may never finish a marathon, or even a half, but for me, the triumph is in getting out and doing it. That’s the passion and energy I want to capture in this series.
All of the paintings are based on photos that I take at various races that I attend…sometimes as a runner, sometimes just to watch. None of them is any person in particular, but an essence of the runner. Someone in which we can all see ourselves.
For the most part, the form of the runner is fairly accurate, but what I really want to capture is the energy…that dynamic place where will meets ability and becomes something amazing!
“Moo Doo” acrylic on canvas, 36″ x 24″, 2012