Understanding my painting process

Added on by Lara Hoke.

I've come to realize that I need at least three hours of dedicated painting time per studio session.  My process seems to be that during the first two hours, I make a mess.  In the last hour, I fix the mess and move forward.  

I stopped working on this portrait months ago because I found myself only making a mess, never having that third hour to fix and improve things.

Today I had a good chunk of time in the studio and believe me, I made a mess.  But I also made some progress.  It is closer than ever to complete.

Scroll down to view several stages of the portrait and the source image.

  Isabella, oil on board, portrait commission in progress. 1/1/2013

Isabella, oil on board, portrait commission in progress. 1/1/2013


Isabella, oil on board, portrait commission in progress. 12/31/2013

  Isabella, oil on board, portrait commission in progress. 4/30/2013

Isabella, oil on board, portrait commission in progress. 4/30/2013

Isabella source image.jpg