My latest commission, a set of three paintings of Cabarita Beach, is coming along nicely, although there is still quite a way to go. (Here’s a sneak peek)
When working on a project like this I tend to power ahead at the beginning when I am doing the background and the larger shapes. As I get further into it and start working on the finer details, progress usually slows down dramatically. That is about where I am at right now with this one.
When I get to this stage there is definitely a danger of overworking it as I try and get the detail just right. If this happens the painting loses its “freshness” and I can never be 100% happy with the finished product.
For me, the most difficult thing to paint are reflections. In this case it is the chrome headlights of a Kombi Van. It really should be easy, just a mirror of the surroundings, but for some reason it is really, really hard.
I have the greatest admiration for those artists who can paint shiny metal objects to perfection. Hopefully one day I will master it too. I’m not quite there yet but I think I am getting closer. Meanwhile, I have to force myself to put the brush down and not overdo it.
What do you think?