Sunday, February 14, 2021

NaMoPaiMo day fourteen

Today is Valentines Day, and also the last day of the first half of NaMoPaiMo. Seventy five painters have officially finished their models.
The other one thousand ninety eight of us are still working on it. 
photo by Lexie Lawrynovicz
Carrie Dowell Witt writes: There are so many things wrong with poor Lunk - lots of body issues, brush strokes, grainy in places, really crude mane and tail. While many of you are posting "I did it!" I am struggling, but thinking, "I am doing it!" I have wanted to try this for so long. Despite the obvious errors and struggles, I am loving every minute of it. I hope to do better on the next one. But first, plugging along on Lunk.
Despite supply chain issues, Danielle Miller is also doing it. She reports: I'm still waiting on one color that is not available to purchase in my area. In the meantime, I've filled in the foal’s pattern and started blocking in brown undertones. I'm currently experimenting with ideas for how to differentiate between the bear’s legs, arms, and head. I also need to figure out how to make him look fluffy and/or furry...
The ugly stage has been hitting a lot of people hard this week, but several painters are beginning to see a light at the end of the tunnel. Twyla Wehnes is one of them. She writes: I had an AHA moment today. I switched up the technique I was using. Now I feel like I’m getting closer to what I wanted. Happy dance!
Bonnie Robb is also feeling optimistic. She says: So this was one of those weeks that reminded me why I gave up painting. I really felt like I had no idea what I'm doing and was just putting on layer after layer of paint without any plan or progress. I've spent almost all my hobby years painting with an airbrush, and I have never had much luck hand shading with acrylics. But on Thursday night I knew I needed to decide to either keep on or officially withdraw, so I went in the studio after everybody went to bed and just put some paint on the horse. I had gotten to the color blocking stage which just looks alarming and unrealistic to me. 
While it looked bizarre, I also for the first time found a few moments of that sweet spot when the paint was JUST the right consistency and the brush had JUST the right amount of paint on it and suddenly it was clicking. I mean I just was doing it, without thinking about it. It was kind of a head rush.

So I decided to keep going.

Today I pushed myself past working in broad areas of shading to the smaller, more nuanced areas. I'm not done, but getting there. Honestly, I will probably have to paint one hundred horses before I get to one that meets my standards. But I'm starting to think that I might actually become friends with this whole oil painting thing. Like, really good friends.
Darynn Benardczyk was still customizing when NaMoPaiMo started, but she's made steady progress since then. She says: We’re halfway through February, and I’m pretty much halfway there on this paint job.
Darynn might have got a quicker start if she hadn't been busy designing this trio of limited edition stickers for NaMoPaiMo 2021. These will distributed to some of the lucky NaMoPaiMo finishers after the event is over.
I am so grateful to all the artists who contribute to NaMoPaiMo. Truly, I could not do this run this event without the support of the hobby community.
Thank you, Darynn, for sharing your talents with all of us. Congratulations, you are the NaMoPaiMo Champion of the Day!

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