One of these days I will be happy with a portrait I do. But this isn't one of those days.
Oh, well, still practicing to get it right. (If I'm not better and happier with this stuff in a year, I'll give up and leave the portraits to others who do it better.)
I began tossing paint at the large sheet of Arches cold press #140 - and had a nice start. But then ruined it. So...no biggie, this is definitely a learning experience, painting bigger on the wall with fluid acrylics! So, turned it over, gessoed the paper, and began again.
Things I have already learned:
1. You still have to have a plan when painting this way.
2. I am not an intuitive painter, being able to pull something out of nothing but color on the paper.
3. If you work with too much water, you will get drizzles and puddles and you can't control all of them all of the time.
Back to my Yellowstone photos and combined 4 of them into a cruciform shape that should make a good painting (design-wise). And began by working from the background forward...and trying to control the water-pigment ratio a little better. No throwing paint on this one - the texture and color will be all in the foreground and will be easier to let the water and pigment flow towards the bottom of the painting.