Here is yet another still life of my dog's toys. This one sort of squacks.
(Something else I learned chasing windmills), panels are a lot more forgiving as a painting surface and easier to wipe paint off of than canvas. I also have been using more walnut oil to thin the paint.
Now for something different. I am of the opinion that your painting skills can not exceed your drawing skills. That is one of the things that I learned in La Mancha. Another, is that I do not need to rely so heavily on photographs. I painted this as a still life of one of my dog's toys. It squeaks.
I hope I have left this behind me. I loved doing these, but they did feel a bit sad or something like that. I have learned a lot about painting in general with these ficticious works. Thats about all I will say.
I don't sketch. I hate to sketch. Sketch is what chickens do when they dig in the dirt. little timid lines without commitment. I scribble until my eye sees the shape and then I scribble harder along the shape. I liked this 1 minute exercise in scribbling. I thought you might like to see it also and the way I sketch and paint.
By my specifications this is my 1000th painting and post. Had I spent 10 hours on each and every painting, I would consider myself proficient with this skill. (I am of the belief that 10,000 hours crafting a skill puts you somewhere in sight of what you can be.) I don't lie to myself and say that I have spent 10 hours in each, maybe 4 or 5. It works out to about 250 post a year for 4 years. Thats 5 a week. I believe I see improvement in my work. I guess I will keep doing this for a while. Honestly, I hope to paint on my dying day.
What an extraordinary life. I love the way these gulls are just...".in your face".