I’ve finally completed my first oil painting and I’m rather happy. Sure it’s not perfect but then the day I think that my work is perfect is probably the day I should stop being an artist. It’s the feeling that my work could have been better that always encourages me to strive to improve.
The thing that I like most about this painting is the hair. I’ve decided that hair is much more fun when you’re painting in oils! I’m also happy with the way the kanzashi turned out. I’ve got a few issues with the layout of the face but I think these may be the result of working from memory instead of a model/photo. I’ve learnt a lot about the importance of planning out your work while creating this painting.
As my intention is for this painting to be displayed without a frame I have finished by painting the 1” deep canvas edge. It was only after I had done this that I realised I don’t have anywhere other than my easel to leave it to dry! D’oh! Oh well, at least I’ll have plenty of time to plan my next piece.
Elegance 3 was created in oil on canvas.