Wednesday, February 17, 2021

NaMoPaiMo day seventeen

I know the way to become a better painter is to paint often, preferably every day, so I've been trying to do that this month. Since I'm working in oils, I can't paint my NaMoPaiMo horse every day. Instead, I've put together a three day rotation with her and a couple of side projects.
Naturally, the one I'm struggling with most is my official model. It's taken me a long time to get her color dialed in. 
Along the way, there have been a number of experiments. Some were ill-advised, but a few - like these dapples - worked out well.
There's still a lot of work left to do, but right now I don't hate her.
Auron's progress has been a lot more linear. I still have some grain and blending issues to sort out, but he might be one coat away from the detailing stage.
Trifle keeps getting more and more dappled. I've also been working on her highlights. I have a tendency to over blend everything into a muddy mess, but I think I mostly overcame that with the most recent oil layer. Like Auron, she's maybe one coat away.
Finally, there's poor Offerman. Like Ballycor, he has been the victim of a number of experiments (and so much over blending!). He looks better than he did a week ago because he's less grainy and less muddy. Still, he needs help.
Experimentation has been one of the themes of this year's NaMoPaiMo, and one of the events most fearless experimenters is Elaine Lindelef. Her official horse is supposed to be black, but right now, he's anything but.
Elaine writes: This is why NaMoPaiMo is so wonderful to me. Having a deadline forces me to contemplate - and DO - the experiments. It makes me stop fussing over whether or not it will be good enough and just try. If it breaks, I fix it and keep going. If it's not good enough, I can always make another horse later. My project both this year and last year are a direct result of NaMoPaiMo inspiration pushing me in different directions from what I already know how to do.
If that's not the spirit of NaMoPaiMo, I don't what it. Thank you for getting it, Elaine. You are the NaMoPaiMo Champion of the Day!

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