Oh, and I'm a daddy too, of a three-and-a-half-year old. Basically, during term time, I work all day, come home, and work all night.
Miraculously, I got a painting done recently. Not surprisingly, it's not one of my best efforts, not by a long shot.
What went wrong here? The pose is gorgeous, many individual bits are good (I like the feet).
I see two issues that I hope I can learn from (hence this posting). One concerns the paper: I have used this paper a lot, but relative to other paper I use, I think this paper does not take the paint well. The second, more serious, issue concerns paint. It's a simple technical issue. I made purple for shadows here using aquamarine and crimson, and those two paints just don't work together--they separate and look grainy. The painting loses the crispness I've been seeking (and finding) in other paintings lately.
I wish once again that I could teach myself not to worry about the outcome--that the process is all that really matters. But the truth is I want to make good paintings. It feels like the least I can do for my generous models.