MacKenzie is the grandson of Annya, one of the painters working along with me. He was a great model, and fun to paint, but I'm not crazy about this painting. The transition from light to shadow on the left side of his face is too abrupt, and doesn't look three dimensional. Sometimes I wish I had more more time in these four hour sessions, and this one falls in that category. I can easily spend too long in the preliminary drawing stage, and become obsessed with getting the shapes perfect, only to fine I don't have enough time to develop the form. I am watching this though, because I think there is something there that I need to understand about myself as a painter, because I love the flat design aspect of things.
It has been 8 weeks since I have posted on this blog, and I confess that I am about to paint portrait #85! I am going to try hard to post frequently so I can catch up. I think I hit a wall at the time I stopped posting, it had been just over a year since I had started this project, and I had just completed painting #64. I started to loose my energy and focus and was getting tired of doing it, but I am feeling back on track and re-energized! I did not realize what a commitment it would be to paint this many portraits, all of teenagers, the same size, and in only four hours. I am glad I was public with this project, because I was very tempted to quit when I reached painting #70, but I can't quit now because made a commitment to do this. But I may never paint a square again when this is over! Have any of you experienced this kind of thing in painting a series? I would be interested to hear about your experience.