Trying to be selfish–Oil Paint Lessons continued

Daily Prompt: Blogger With a Cause
If your day to responsibilities were taken care of and you could throw yourself completely behind a cause, what would it be?

My girls have always said that I would be the busiest stay at home mom if that had been a possibilities.  And they didn’t mean doing housework.  Probably true since I am always throwing myself into new causes and new projects.  So this year, I have been trying to be selfish and only focus on my artwork.  Well, not quite true.  I am also learning to sail, running a craft club at work, holding down a full time job, and enjoying the selfish lovely joy of Bob treating me like a queen.  And I just started a competition with a friend at work to write five pages of our respective novels every week.  By the end of the year, I should have a good solid draft of “Dragon Cat Lives” finished.

So as you can see, there is no time for causes.  No time to take up the offers of teaching electronics to artists.  All my energy is going into being SELFISH and LEARNING.  As discussed in a post a couple days ago on “catching up on oil painting“.  Those paintings were not very good–student quality work. But great learning exercises.  Then I started in on a difficult painting, spending weeks on a work called “Portrait of Kate’s Hands” based on the photo from the kate show.  What I like is how these photos illustrate the process of getting a picture correct. In the beginning, the proportions were not correct.  And the colors needed work.  After getting the cup looking good, I worked on the table, book, and hands.  Finally had to work on the knife and fork — removing them since I am not yet skilled enough to include them in the picture.

Because these photos demonstrate my progress in oil painting, I am working to remain selfish and spend this year learning new art skills.  NO, NO, NO–I don’t want any new causes.  I want time to be a student.

First Session — Laying in the basic elements

First DayHands

Second Session–Refining the table and shadows

Second Day Hands

Third day–working on correcting shapes and proportions

Third Day Hands

Fourth Session — A new blue in an effort to get the colors better balanced

4th Day Hands

Fifth Session — Finally getting the cup into more appropriate proportions  

Firfth Day Hands

Session 6 — Adding detail –hands and book

6th Day Hands

Last Session — removing the fork and knife

Final

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Author: Heres to ART not Cockroaches

Welcome to my life. My life as a mom is changing as the kids grow up, leave home, and build their own lives. This gives me a chance to rebuild myself as an artist, develop a spiritual path, and most fun of all, start going out on dates with my husband. Come here the stories about the small things in life that can make one very happy. Dogs running on a beach, great breakfast dates, kids and their adventures, and my own adventures in this wacky life. I'll share some of my progress in learning art while juggling a full time job as an engineer. And best of all, it's a chance for me to practice writing stories while keeping in touch with my kids. I look forward to hearing from you. Comments, thoughts, and invitations to meet for coffee are all welcomed. Enjoy the stories.

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