oil on gessoed board, 8 in x 10 in
Above is my entry for this month's Virtual Sketch Date.
Thanks to Sharon for the reference. It's a beautiful reference, but honestly, in the end I had to abandon it.
I sketched this four times in the sketchbook. Then I started to do a CP work on vellum. As that progressed I remembered why I decided that I needed to find a new main medium. After my five false starts, I decided to put the reference away. I came up with another sketch (in CPs :D) from my memory - a simplified version. I decided to paint from the simplified sketch in oils.
At a few points during painting I consulted the reference, but each time it just made things worse. In the end, I just went from the simplified sketch and gut instinct.
I thoroughly enjoyed the painting, even if the false starts were frustrating. Can't wait to see the other entries!
And as for the oil painting...well, this was my first piece on gessoed board and I love it! Canvas will just never feel right again! :D