Natty

Her understated natural beauty is the perfect complement to Prada’s natty coat and a whimsical hat, which were featured on the cover of a New York Times fashion insert. Tomorrow is my third work trip to southern Oregon this year. It was during the 2nd that I started this – months ago. I have a consistent habit across all of my hobbies. I get to 85%-90% and then trail off. Things will languish for an embarrassingly long time.

My reason for Natty’s long shelf-live is indecision about what constitutes a finished piece. My hesitancy of messing up traditional media doesn’t apply. It’s the reverse. With endless chances to re-do or experiment, I just didn’t know when I was truly done. Then I started to get tired of working on it.

I haven’t tired of playing with layers though. Still getting the hang of it. Layers and Tool options contributed to the collage-effect of the finished image, which I dig. But selecting and deselecting layers also landed me a Vampire Ghost and something between an Invisible Lady and a burn victim.

Creepy beauty: An unexpected horror show star with selective layers.

I definitely benefitted from the flexibility of digital painting. When you work too close-in for too long, there are weird discoveries when you open up the gallery after some time away. How does an ear grow out of a cheekbone? And how do you get that far along and just not notice?

This blog has been a fun repository of learning, observation, and practice. But this will be my last post. I’m going Instagram – less words and images that don’t need expository writing. Thank you to all of you who have lingered, liked, or commented. Best of luck on all of your art ambitions.

Advertisements