Mr. Forbes and I need to sit down and figure out why I cannot get his face correct in the portrait I'm doing on gessoed paper.
Perhaps I did not start with a good, exactly proportioned drawing on the paper - always a problem when it comes to the painting stage. I'm still working on it - putting paint on, taking it off - I'm beginning to sound like an oil painter!
I just downloaded the Mary Whyte e-book from NorthLight Books - her work makes me swoon even though it's tighter than I would want to paint. Perhaps I need to print it out and read through it before trying to make any more changes to Mr. Forbes. When I wiped back the left side of the background, I saw that I had stamped sea turtles into the gesso in the background - so I touched them with some green - very hard to see them here but there's one diving down just over HIS left shoulder and another to the right of HIS hat. Can you see them? I guess I put them there since he's an island man, surrounded by things from the sea.
Dear Mr. Forbes, why are you giving me such fits?