Last year I posted about The Checklist Manifesto. It's a fascinating book and it inspired me to create my own checklist for my work. Not a "to do list" but a list of tasks that help make a piece successful. At the time, I only came up with two things for my list: 1. begin with a loose plan and 2. stop during the process & step away.
My checklist got buried and forgotten. Lately, I'm feeling like my paintings are a little overdone. I like an unfinished quality to art; I like when a little more is left to the imagination. I often like my art better at some point in the process and then it gets overworked or covered up. Today I dug out my checklist and tried to slow myself down. I took lots of photos throughout the process. I'm asking myself what really needs to be done next.
These are the process photos for Monday's portrait. I always have a plan for portraits, I mean people are hard! This time I stopped and took the time to marble some paper for the collage portion of it. I thought blue was the best choice for this person and I didn't have any blue in my stash. While waiting for the oil paint on the marbling to dry, I started blocking in a few colors.
I'm liking it so far and I'm really trying to exercise restraint with this piece. I know I'll use the marbled paper to collage her clothing and then I think it will just need a few more shapes around her eyes and a few lines to pull it all together. I may choose to use a fun accent color as a final touch.
Anyway, tomorrow I'm headed to Midwest Craft Con in Columbus, OH. If you're going, please say hi! And I'll be back here on Monday with this finished portrait.