This painting took a long time to figure out. I’ve included the different steps and the finished work in the post to give an idea of how the painting of Ben was made. I do multiple layers. A lot of times the first steps are just getting something down that I can work with. You can see that I painted over a lot of details that I initially had.
Sometimes when I paint I get attached to the photo(s) that I’m working from. When I first started I thought getting my painting to look exactly like a photo was the best thing ever. I still feel that way a little but I’m branching out. Recently I’ve been thinking more about what suits the painting. What should go into the painting and what should come out. I’ve also been thinking a lot about my process. When is a painting done? I think there are multiple points that a painting can be done and that I can stop. What keeps me going is the image in my head and what I’m aiming for.