|The slightly corrected version from the early Sunday post.|
+Oregon State University . Congratulations to +Jordan Poyer . Defensive All American.
I decided to do this watercolor of Jordan Poyer of OSU as a gift for my sister and her husband who are huge OSU fans. I was hoping to post this watercolor before the game yesterday, but I wasn't where I wanted to be with it. Then I watched in disbelief as OSU lost the +Alamo Bowl to that Texas team which shall remain unnamed. This is definitely a painting that I want to make into a slideshow (my next project today). At times I felt like I was painting a landscape on a pinhead. It started to become tedious and I had to back away several times to try to loosen it up. I'm trying not to nitpick it to death. It will never be perfect, I just want to be able to look at it (hopefully years from now) and not regret fixing something. It took me the most part of two days to get it to this point.
My impatience almost hurt me, because I started out with NO Orange on my palette. I had to mix the Orange about 300 times ( felt like it) as I went along and as you can see, this is an Orange dominated painting.
There were times where I couldn't find my little mixtures of blue for the subtle shadows. My palette started to look like a color hoarder's, with about 14 little puddles of paint mixtures hanging around the main colors
The challenge of getting a painting like this to look loose enough without being sloppy is considerable, because practically everything has to be in proper proportion. I was working in an 11" X 15" inch window. I found out that the brushes I have are not small enough for this, and I was alternating between a stiff #1 (A Grumbacher that I've had for over 20years), and 2 way-too-soft liners. That tiny Grumbacher saved me, because I had to remove paint in tiny spots several times, and nothing else I have will do that.